Leonor Fini (Argentinian, 1908-1996)
Leonor Fini is one of the international figures of the Surrealist movement. She exhibited with the Surrealist leaders Cocteau, Dalí and Ernst. Fini spent most of her artistic life in Paris, where she had her first one-person show in 1932. She is regarded as one of the world's most important artists because of her superb technique coupled with her insight into humanity. She also designed costumes and stage sets, illustrated books and wrote several novels.
Many of her paintings feature strong, beautiful women in ceremonial or provocative situations. The sphinx and cats play major parts in her paintings and prints and she lived with many cats.
Fini’s artworks are to be found in many important collections of modern art. In recent years Leonor Fini has been included in Surrealism exhibitions at the Tate in London and in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.