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April 13, 1994

Self-portrait of Frida Kahlo

JAMA. 1994;271(14):1078-1079. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510380034023

To the Editor.  —Dr Southgate comments on the self-portrait of Frida Kahlo on the cover of your October 27,1993, issue.1 While some of the main points are accurate enough, there are a number of details of her interpretation that astonish me. Some are taken from Herrera's book,2 and say much more about Ms Herrera than about Frida Kahlo.Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were close friends of my family, and I grew up seeing Frida several times a month for years. Her home was very familiar to me, as were her monkeys, Diego's hairless dogs, and the rest of the archaeological and botanical panoply of their home. Based on this knowledge, and my own background growing up in Mexico, as well as my mother's (Anita Brenner) known expertise on Mexico, I take issue with Dr Southgate's comments and suggest your readers may want to consider some other ideas.