BOSTON (AP) — The Museum of Fine Arts has acquired a rare early painting by renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

The Boston Globe reports that the portrait, known as “Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia),” is the only work by Kahlo to enter the permanent collection of a New England museum.

MFA director Matthew Teitelbaum says the work furthers the museum’s goal of “representing artistic voices from across the Americas.”

The portrait, painted in 1928, depicts two maids who worked for Kahlo’s mother in front of a verdant backdrop. Teitelbaum calls the work “strong, beautiful and iconic.”

American industrialist Jackson Cole Phillips purchased the painting directly from Kahlo in July 1929. The MFA acquired it in December.



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