Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fini, Leonor

La Gardienne des Sources
Huile sur toile (Oil on canvas)
collection Buzzatti, Milan.

Leonor Fini (1907-1996).Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She became acquainted with, among many others, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Georges Bataille, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Picasso, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, and Salvador Dalí.
It has been said about her that she is the only artist to paint women without apology.
Many of her paintings feature strong, beautiful women (many times resembling herself) in ceremonial or provocative situations.
Men are often portrayed as lithe figures who are under the protection of her females.
The sphinx and cats play major parts in her paintings, as does the theme of 'the double'.
She was equally adept at etching, drawing, watercolor and oil painting.
She lived with many cats; up to a total of 23 at one time.
The illness of one of her cats could send her into a deep depression.