LEONOR FINI France/Argentina 1908 1996
Les Elus De La Nuit, "The Sorcerers of the Night."
pencil signed and numbered
Plate Size 6.3 x 4.9 in. / 16.0
x 12.5 cm
Number 57 Edition
Arches paper, two watermarks, four
size with full margins approx.
15 x 11 inches
Leonor Fini was Argentine-born, raised in Italy, and became French by
choice. She is widely recognized as one of the leading proponents of SURREALISM.
Fini was born in Buenos Aires, and moved to Paris in 1937, where she met and exhibited with the leaders of the surrealist movement. Her work was the subject of writings by Jean Cocteau, Max Ernst, and
Chirico. Fini explores her relationship with nature and its constant recycles of birth and death, expressing these ideas in such imagery as flowers, eggs, skulls, and skeletons.
She often uses the symbolism of the cat and its largest family member, The
Lioness, to express the dominance of women in society.
Fini's 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.
Her works were included in several International Surrealist Exhibitions.
Now her major works are in several museums, including the Kinsey Institute, and
there have been at least six biographies written about her.
These color etchings are from a Portfolio of same published by Juan
Piniero. The Portfolio has a Christie's stamp from the UK. The title
loosely translates to "The Sorcerers of the Night."
Etching has full margins and four deckled edges. Truncated here due to size of scanner.