Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Lost Surrealist: Leonor Fini
Leonor Fini produced the most outré art, liked to cross-dress and had a penchant for living in ménages à trois. And yet, despite once being infamous around the world, Leonor Fini is all but forgotten these days.
Leonor Fini, a woman Surrealist artist who was infamous in her time, who like so many women artists have been lost to history, and forgotten by historians. The Telegraph from the U.K. has a great article on this fascinating artist: Leonor Fini: Surreal Thing. In her time she was "Queen of the Paris art world", was one of the most photographed people of the 20th Century, and led a fascinating bohemian lifestyle. She was contemporaries in Paris with people like Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Salvador Dali, Balthus.
This was the same crowd my great Aunt Denise Marson hung out with during the 1950's and 60's in Paris. Denise was best friends with Aube Breton, the daughter of Andre Breton. Denise has wonderful stories about Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Dorthea Rockburne, Cecil B. DeMille and other Paris luminaries. Denise is an octegenarian ceramic artist, now living in Montreal and her husband Roland Giguere was a well known poet. Next time I see her in Montreal, I will ask her if she remembers Leonor, and if so, I'll bet there are some great stories to tell!