Especially compared to Rivera’s wider fame, Kahlo was virtually unknown as an artist when reporter Florence Davies interviewed her. Kahlo’s breakthrough moment didn’t come until 1938, with her successful first solo show in New York. Davies was one of the first journalists to identify Kahlo’s “very skillful and beautiful style” and outsized personality (Rivera “does pretty well for a little boy, but it is I who am the big artist,” Kahlo told her).

It’s fair to say the headline—”Wife of the Master Mural Painter Gleefully Dabbles in Works of Art”—took the up-and-coming artist a lot less seriously.

“The headline was probably written by a male and that reporter was working in a newsroom full of men,” Andie Tucher, a professor at New York’s Columbia Journalism School, told the Detroit News.

In the end, Rivera’s wife’s dabblings proved successful, artistically and commercially. Kahlo’s 1939 painting “Two Nudes in the Forest (The land itself)” sold in May for $8 million.

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