American Drawing-Book Manual for the Amateur by John G. Chapman

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The Rivera entourage arrived by train on April 21, 1932. Frida was far less sanguine about the smoke-shrouded factory town on the Rouge River. She wrote to Doctor Eloesser that Detroit, …seems like a shabby old village. I don’t like it at all, but I am happy because Diego is working very happily here, and he has found a lot of material for his frescoes that he will do in the museum. He is enchanted by the factories, the machines, etc. 7 Portrait of Luther Burbank, 1931. 7 cm, Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City.

Self-Portrait, 1930. Oil on canvas, 65 x 55 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Portrait of Virginia, 1929. 3 x 60 cm, Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City. (p. 48) Self-Portrait Sitting on the Bed or My Doll and I, 1937. Oil on metal, 40 x 31 cm, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, Mexico City. (p. qxp 6/1/2007 12:01 PM Page 50 As her loneliness forced her back to her work, she began to consider its value as public art rather than closely held keepsakes for friends. San Francisco’s cosmopolitan setting revealed new vistas and possibilities.

P. qxp 6/1/2007 11:59 AM Page 39 Señora Diego Rivera O n August 21, 1929, Frida Kahlo, age 22, married Diego Rivera, age 42, in a civil ceremony, joined by a few close friends at the Coyoacan City Hall. Looking on as official witnesses were a homeopathic doctor and a wig maker. The judge was a pal of Rivera’s from his student days at the School of Fine Arts. Diego, his hair slicked back, stood up in a plain gray suit, his Stetson hat, wide belt and the Colt revolver in his waistband. Frida had borrowed a long skirt and blouse from her maid and wore a red reboso stole over her shoulders.

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