Sphinx, the Life and Art of Leonor Fini AND Leonor Fini, Metamorphoses d’un Art


Sphinx, the Life and Art of Leonor Fini (New York and London, 2009); French edition, Leonor Fini, Metamorphoses d’un Art (Paris, 2007).

This was the first biography of the Surrealist artist Leonor Fini, lover of Max Ernst and friend of Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Jean Cocteau, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Leonora Carrington. She arrived in Paris from Italy in 1931 and immediately captivated the Surrealists with her beauty and extraordinary lifestyle. Her paintings of the thirties, forties and fifties constitute a rare aspect of Surrealism from a female viewpoint. Peter Webb knew her in the later years of her life and had extensive access to her archive and her friends. His book made a strong case for her importance in Surrealist art as well as in the establishment of feminist art theory.

 

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