Diego Rivera, encouraged Frida kahlo to paint portraits of the native Mexican and Indian people. This is one of her earlier works. At this point in her painting career, Frida had not yet established her own style of painting. She was still experimenting and favored the style of the old world masters.
In the painting is a native Mexican Indian girl, painted in bright color, in a typical "Mexicanist" style which is very similar to those found in the murals of Diego Rivera, But Frida's subject is more detailed, innocence and painted with a personal caring touch.