Renowned and iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s secret letters to her lover Jose Bartoli are going up for auction next month.
According to Huffington Post, “Twenty five of these love letters, written between August of 1946 and November of 1949, are headed to auction on April 15 at Doyle New York. Including over 100 pages of correspondence, the letters were originally saved by Bartoli until his death in 1995, and were subsequently passed down in his family. Today, they are expected to fetch up to $120,000.
Also from Huffington Post, ““The Frida Kahlo archive is remarkably important,” Rare Books Department Director Peter Costanzo explained in a statement to HuffPost. “Her letters to José Bartoli are entirely fresh and unpublished. They provide new information about one of the most important artists of the 20th century. It is an honor and a privilege to present this precious archive to the public. Its contents will surely further scholarship on Frida Kahlo and her works.”
Although I cannot read the letters written in Spanish (maybe you can?) they are beautiful to look at. I have always been drawn to artwork that incorporates writing or calligraphic elements. Some of these letters include sketches and drawings so I have to say that just looking at these letters pretty much sends me right over the moon. Pure beauty!