Frances Flynn Paine

(Left to right) Frances Flynn Paine, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Kathryn O'Gorman Hammer, 1932. Photograph by the Associated Press

Frances Flynn Paine, Rivera’s agent, was a tireless promoter of Mexican culture. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, she helped to organize major exhibitions of Mexican fine and decorative art in the United States. In the process, she forged important ties to the New York art world and, more specifically, to the Rockefeller family, for whom she regularly purchased works by Mexican artists and craftsmen.