|Leonora Fini Self-portrait|
|Self-portrait with Scorpion, |
1938, Leonor Fini
|Self-portrait with Kot and Sergio, 1955, Leonor Fini|
--one of her best works, suggesting a ménage a trois.
|Self-portrait 1938, Leonor Fini|
Leonor Fini was born in 1907 in Buenos Aires, though she grew up and lived most of her life in Europe (Trieste, Milan, and Paris). She was a very beautiful woman, a fact that seemingly was not lost on her or anyone she came in contact with. That list reads like a who's who of early 20th century European artists, including names such as Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Georges Bataille, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, and Salvador Dalí. She was married once, but only briefly to Fedrico Veneziani, and judging by the major emphasis in her art content, she seems to have preferred women to men. However, Fini often traveled about Europe by car with two or more male friends. On one such jaunt in 1933, the famous photographer, Cartier-Bresson photographed her nude in a swimming pool with André Pieyre. The photo sold at auction not long ago for over $300,000 (a record for Cartier-Bresson). I wish I could show it here. Though not really obscene, it's a little too erotic for this venue. Her Self-portrait with Kot and Sergio (above) dating from 1955 would suggest she was possibly bisexual.
|Visage en Rouge, Leonor Fini|
|Self-portrait, 1941, Leonor Fini|
|A self-portrait? Leonor Fini, June, 1947|
|Seven Cats, Leonor Fini|