MYSTERY SOLVED: The Mystery of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Unidentified Woman in New York studio, 193-?

Sepia photograph of the mystery woman (left) and Frida Kahlo (right) seated at a table in an art studio. Diego Rivera is standing behind them, leaning forward. On the table in front of them is an array of art works and books, and a mug full of paintbrushes. There are sculptures and decorations in the background. The unidentified woman is wearing a suit jacket, a decorative hat, and is looking off to the side.
Charmante Studio, Inc. Photograph of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in New York studio, 193-?. Bernard H. Berntsen papers, 1931-1987. Archives of Armerican Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The Mystery:

Where: New York artists’ studio

When: 193-?

Who (left to right): Unidentified woman, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo

Help us solve the mystery: Who is the unidentified woman? What year was this photo taken?

The Solution:

Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Helena Rubenstein in San Angel Studio, in Mexico, 1943.

Where: San Angel Studio, the artists’ shared studio in Mexico

When: 1943

Who (left to right): Helena Rubenstein, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo

Helena Rubenstein was a Polish American art collector, philanthropist, and business woman.

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