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LEONOR FINI ~ SURREAL WOMAN PAINTER

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La Confiserie (1932)

Leonor Fini (August 30, 1907 – January 18, 1996) was an Argentine surrealist painter.

Life and work

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she was raised in Trieste, Italy. She moved to Milan at the age

of 17, and then to Paris, in either 1931 or 1932. There, she became acquainted with, among many

others, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Georges Bataille, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Picasso, André Pieyre

de Mandiargues, and Salvador Dalí. She traveled Europe by car with Mandiargues and

Cartier-Bresson where she was photographed nude in a swimming pool by Cartier-Bresson. The

photograph of Fini sold in 2007 for $305,000 – the highest price paid at auction for one of his

works to that date.

She painted portraits of Jean Genet, Anna Magnani, Jacques Audiberti, Alida Valli, Jean

Schlumberger (jewelry designer) and Suzanne Flon as well as many other celebrities and wealthy

visitors to Paris. While working for Elsa Schiaparelli she designed the flacon for the perfume,

“Shocking”, which became the top selling perfume for the House of Schiaparelli. She designed

costumes and decorations for theater, ballet and opera, including the first ballet performed by

Roland Petit’s Ballet de Paris, “Les Demoiselles de la nuit”, featuring a young Margot Fonteyn.

This was a payment of gratitude for Fini’s having been instrumental in finding the funding for

the new ballet company. She also designed the costumes for two films, Renato Castellani’s Romeo

and Juliet (1954) and John Huston’s A Walk with Love and Death (1968), which starred 18 year old

Anjelica Huston and Moshe Dayan’s son, Assaf.

She once said,

Marriage never appealed to me, I have never lived with one person. Since I was 18, I’ve

always preferred to live in a sort of community – A big house with my atelier and cats and

friends, one with a man who was rather a lover and another who was rather a friend. And it has always worked.

JEAN COCTEAU ~ MOMENT IN TIME

in Art & the Unconscious Mind/The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
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Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts.

~Jean Cocteau, Professional Secrets, 1922

SYLVIA PLATH ~ ON POETRY

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“The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.”
Sylvia Plath

VIRGINIA WOOLF ~ THE THRUTH

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“Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top”
Virginia Woolf

ELIZABETH BOWEN ~ ON PROBLEMS

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
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” —It appears to me that problems— loom unduly large when one looks ahead. Though nothing is easy, little is quite impossible.”
Elisabeth Bowen 1899-1973
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JUST ME…BEING HAPPY

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JUST ME…AGAIN..BEING HAPPY

IRENE NEMIROVSKY ~ SOME THINGS WILL NEVER CHANGE…

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
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“But what is certain is that in five, ten or twenty years, this problem unique to our time, according to him, will no longer exist, it will be replaced by others…Yet this music, the sound of this rain on the windows, the great mournful creaking of the cedar tree in the garden outside, this moment, so tender, so strange in the middle of war, this will never change, not this, this is forever.”
— Irène Némirovsky (Suite Française)

ANNE SEXTON ~ POET OF THE SOUL

in Poetical Visions by
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“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”
Anne Sexton

ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER ~ ON CREATING

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
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“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

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