FRIDA KAHLO CELEBRATES THE COMING OF SUMMER. This manuscript of the famous Andalusian folk song 'Cruz de Mayo' (written by Salvador Valverde in 1921) derives from the estate of Clifford Wight, whose chief beneficiary was the previous owner's mother. Wight, himself an artist, was Diego Rivera's secretary, translator and technical assistant during the period Rivera was living in the United States between 1929 and 1941, and executing his murals at Detroit, San Francisco and New York. Wight's papers are now at the Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries. It is likely that the piece was written between November 1930 and May 1931 when Kahlo stayed at 716 Montgomery whilst working on a portrait of Jean Wight. We are grateful to William Maynez of the City College of San Francisco for this additional information.
A very rare and interesting autograph manuscript from the revered Mexican artist, whose work is celebrated as emblematic of national and indigenous traditions, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. (Inventory #: 12059)