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LEONOR FINI (Argentinian/Italian / 1908-1996)

Born in Argentina to an Argentinan father and Italian mother, Leonor Fini was raised in Trieste, Italy. Her mother dressed her as a boy, supposedly to thwart kidnap attempts by her father. This early gender-bending may have added one element to the alarming, predatory sexuality of Leonor Fini's work. Early allied to the surrealists through her friendship with figures such as Ernst, Dali, and Bataille, Leonor Fini always shrugged off the label "surrealist", writing simply that, "I paint pictures which do not exist and which I would like to see." Nevertheless the art of Leonor Fini has clear affinities with that of other female surrealists such as Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington. Her work is in most major museums. Among many important solo shows is a 2005 retrospective at the Nogoya City Art Museum in Japan. Leonor Fini lived most of her life in France, surrounded by both cats and lovers (the latter including the painter Stanislao Lepri).

See also:

SALVADOR DALI
MAX ERNST
STANISLAO LEPRI
JACQUES PECNARD
DOROTHEA TANNING

Selected prints by LEONOR FINI

Les chats, 1964
Lithograph
La Femme Assise, 1971
Lithograph
La Guetteuse, 1971
Lithograph

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