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La Galerie de l’Instant : Lucienne Bloch : Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo’s life is such an endless source of inspiration and fascination!

As we can notice how successful all the books and exhibitions set up around her name and how impactful she is on the audience.

I was lucky enough, last year, to visit the show “Frida Kahlo, Appearances can be Deceiving” at the Brooklyn Museum, and to admire her paintings, drawings, letters, clothes, personal belongings and dozens of photographs, including a very delicate portrait, taken by her friend and Diego Rivera’s assistant: Lucienne Bloch, when they were in New York in 1933.

She is sitting still, in her hotel room, a cigarette in her hand, just below her “Self-Portrait with Beads”.

This penetrating gaze, so intense, her self-confidence, and the pressure from this double look, created by the painting above her, had a tremendous impact on me that day!

It occured that a few days later, I bumped into this image again, this time at the AIPAD PHOTO FAIR where I was working, still in New York, on another gallery’s booth. I was more than happy to buy it, and so proud that I decided to post it on Instagram. I tagged “@LucienneBloch” and a few hours later I received a message from her granddaughter thanking me for it!

Thanks to Instagram we started chatting me and Lucienne Allen who coincidentally bears her grandmother’s name.

This is how, almost one year later, I am so proud and happy to present this show of Frida’s portraits by Lucienne Bloch…these very simple and intense portraits, of such an important artist, such an extraordinary character, that was Frida Kahlo; who still inspires so many people in the world. It’s a real privilege to be able to share these images with her many many admirers.

Julia Gragnon



4 décembre 2020 – 28 février 2021


46, rue de Poitou

75003 Paris



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