Nickolas Muray

Hungarian-American, 1892–1965


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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Born in Szeged, Hungary, Nickolas immigrated to New York City in 1913. He established himself as a much sought after portrait photographer and freelanced for magazines including Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar. In the 1930s his friends included Mexico's Renaissance artists: Miguel Covarrubias, Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and of course, Frida Kahlo, with whom he exchanged love letters.

Muray was also a renowned American fencer, who participated in two Olympic Championships. This handsome and talented artist photographed major personalities in the arts, literature and political worlds. These striking portraits displayed are some of the most beautiful images of this unique artist, Frida Kahlo.

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