Now you see them. Now you don’t. At least, that’s the way the website the Gallery of Lost Art works. The innovative, interactive collection sponsored by Tate features high-resolution images of many of the world’s lost masterpieces by some of the art world’s better-known geniuses, and will go offline in 340 days, according to a countdown clock at the bottom of the site.
What is believed to be Frida Kahlo’s largest painting ever, The Wounded Table (1940), is one of the works included in the featured virtual collection.
Apparently, the piece debuted in a Surrealist exhibition in Mexico in the early 1940s and hung in Kahlo’s home after that until 1946 when Kahlo gave the piece to the Russian Ambassador to Mexico. The artwork was then transferred to Russia where it was last seen in 1955.
The Wounded Table features Kahlo, as many of her paintings do, at the center of a table surrounded by a deathly scene. Some art historians believe her divorce from Diego Rivera in 1939 heavily influenced the piece.
Rivera also has artwork featured in the virtual collection.