Malú Block

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María Luisa "Malú" Block
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Malú Block (left), Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, 1932.(Photo: Carl Van Vechten)
María Luisa Cabrera

1904 (1904)
Died1989 (aged 84–85)
Known forPainting
Spouse(s)Harry Block

María Luisa "Malú" Block (née Cabrera; 9 October 1904 – 1989) was a Mexican artist and arts patron.

Block was born in Coyoacán, Mexico City,[1] the daughter of lawyer, writer and politician Luis Cabrera Lobato and his wife, Guillermina.[2][3] In 1931 she married Harry Block (1902–1975) in New York,[4] a former liaison man between Constantin Oumansky in Washington and Vicente Lombardo Toledano in Mexico City and regular Mexican correspondent for The Nation. They had two children, named Malú and Félipe. Around 1935 the family moved from the United States to Mexico.[5]

Malú Block was co-founder and co-financier of the Teatro Ulises.[3]


  1. ^ New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1966
  2. ^ Maria Luisa Block
  3. ^ a b Manuel Rodríguez Lozano (Spanish)
  4. ^ Elena Poniatowska: Miguel Covarrubias - vida y mundos (Spanish), 2004, p. 109.
  5. ^ The Reptile Breed of The Nation