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Original Screenprints and Etchings: Leonor Fini (Argentina, 1908-1996, France): Cats

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Leonor Fini's art offers a woman's take on surrealism, which large dealt with male fantasies, by offering a female view of the female body and of erotic pleasures. Fini was one of the more international figures of the Surrealist movement. She was born in Argentina, raised in her mother's home town of Trieste, Italy, and spent most of her artistic life in Paris, where she had her first one-person show in 1932 (her first one-person show took place in Milan at the Galerie Barbaroux in 1929; her first one-person show in Paris was at the Galerie Bonjean in 1932). Although she was friends with many of the leading surrealists (including Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte and Victor Brauner), she never formally joined the movement though she did include her works in several of their International Surrealist Exhibitions. After the Second World War, she had many one-person shows in Europe and America (plus a major retrospective in Japan in 1972). Although she is best known for her paintings, prints, and drawings, she also created stage designs for operas and ballets including one of her own, Le Rêve de Leonor (1949), which was choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton and performed to music by Sir Benjamin Britten. Fini's works are to be found in many important collections of modern art. Her obituary in The London Times stressed her physical beauty, her erotic art, and her legions of lovers, whose names "read like a roll call of the literary and artistic talents of that brilliant age."

Bibliography: General works: José Alvarez, Le livre de Leonor fini. Peintures, dessins, écrits, notes de Leonor Fini (Lausanne: La guilde de Livre, 1975); Marcel Brion, Leonor Fini et son Oeuvre (Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1955); Jean-Claude Dedieu, Leonor Fini. Fêtes. Secrèts. Dessins (Paris: Editions du Regard, 1978); Leonor Fini, Chats d'Atelier (France: Michèle Trinckvel, 1994); Leonor Fini et al, Leonor Fini (Paris: Galerie Dionne, 1997); Leonor Fini (Preface), Leonor Fini Peintures (France: Michèle Trinckvel, 1994); Xaviere Gauthier, Leonor Fini (Paris: Le Musée De Poche, 1979), Jean Genet, Lettre à Léonor Fini (Paris: Loyau, 1950); Jocelyne Godard,   Leonor Fini, ou, Les metamorphoses d'une oeuvre (Paris, Le Semaphore, 1996); Jean Paul Guibbert, Leonor Fini: Graphique (France: Editions Clair Fontaine, 1976); Constantin Jelenski, Leonor Fini (London: The Olympia Press, 1968); Andre Pierre de Mandiargues, Masques de Leonor Fini (Paris: La Parade/André Bonne, 1951); Esther Seldson, Leonor Fini (Bournemouth: Parlstone, 1999); Peter Webb, Sphinx: The Life and Art of Leonor Fini (NY: Vendome Press, 2009).
Dimanche après-midi / Sunday afternoon. Original color serigraph, c. 1980. 100 signed & numbered impressions. Fini adored cats and lived surrounded by large numbers of them. This is a version of Fini's favorite painting which travelled with her from Paris to St. Dye every year. Right corner slightly chipped. Image size: 733x542mm. Price: $4800.
Les Chats de Madame Helvetius. Original color etching published by Enrico Navarra Editeur, Paris, 1986. 85 impressions initaled in the plate and numbered in the colophon of the portfolio. There were also 15 sets reserved for the artist. Fini adored cats and thought of women and cats as being related species. Image size: 296x106mm. Price: SOLD.
Passion. Original etching, 1986. 200 signed and numbered impressions for Les elus de la nuit. Published by Editions Michele Trinckvel. The etchings explore one of Fini's favorite themes, the affinity between cats and women. Image size: 293x205mm. Price: $925.
The Leopard. Original etching, 1986. 200 signed and numbered impressions for Les elus de la nuit. Published by Editions Michele Trinckvel. The etchings explore one of Fini's favorite themes, the affinity between cats and women. Image size: 293x205mm. Price: SOLD.

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