Property from The Collection of Robert Shapazian
KAHLO, Frida (1907-1954). Original Western Union telegram, addressed to the American art dealer Julien Levy in New York; Mexico City, D.F., undated .
One page, small 4to (10 x 8 in.) on printed Western Union form (slightly age-toned), pencil notations in several places (by Levy?). Framed.
KAHLO TO HER ART DEALER. An urgent request from the painter for financial assistance. Kahlo's father, Guillermo Kahlo, with whom she had been very close, had recently died, causing a severe depression. It was the Julien Levy Gallery that had mounted the first solo exhibition of Kahlo's paintings, in New York, November 1 to 15, 1938. Nearly half the works exhibited had been sold. Here, she appeals to Levy: "Darling please sell for me one of my paintings need urgently two hundred fifty bucks try with Madame Helena Rubinstein who said she would like one or ask somebody to lend the dough to you later you will pay back to yourself when you sell the painting please do something it is really very urgent my father died must pay lots of things case you can arrange it wire them.Letter follows love Frida."