Léonor Fini - Watercolors and Graphics

Liepāja Museum

Liepaja, Latvia : 02/09/2013 to 04/01/2014

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First time in Latvia, original works by Léonor Fini, are now in Liepāja Museum and exhibition is realized in partnership with Collection Kesauri. Exhibition is open from 02/09/2013 to 04/01/2014 and is featuring 58 original works of greatest master of our time.

Leonor Fini (1908 - 1996) - French painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer, book illustrator. The most famous woman - surrealist.

Born in Argentina, spent her childhood in Italy, and in 1933 moved to Paris. Entered into circle of the Surrealists and participated in their group exhibitions, but not identified itself with the Surrealist movement, always and in all remaining independent.

Feeney, besides portraits, fantastic painting and drawing, wrote prose, was engaged in design, in book illustration, worked in the theater with Giorgio Strehler and George Balanchine, was a costume designer in the Fellini film "Eight and a half." Ballet "Dream of Leonor" in her libretto, with her scenery and costumes was held in 1949. She was also the designer of first ballet, staged by Roland Petit in Paris.

Many poets, writers, artists and critics have devoted her monographs, essays or poems - Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Eluard, Max Ernst ...

Leonor Fini loved cats, she wrote a lot of paintings, pencil sketches and watercolors in honor of the cats. In 1977, she even dedicated an entire book to them.

These three full series of works fully demonstrates her amazing talent and poetic gift. For her, there were many important themes that preoccupied the Surrealists, but nevertheless she always talked about his independence from them.

Her fantasy world populated by strong and beautiful womens, largely similar in appearance to her, and by mens - flexible, graceful figures. The theme of twins, mystery and ambiguity, and their manifestations in everyday life was very important for she.

She died in a hospital in the suburbs of Paris, without stopping to draw and write.

Fini's works adorn the collections of many museums in the world, her artistic heritage has recently attracted more and more of attention and interest.

The exhibition is composed by exhibits from private collection of 3 complete series of 57 original hand-signed lithographs of Léonor Fini - illustrations for Pineiro Juan Bautista's "Les Descriptions Merveilleuses" (1973), illustrations for Baudelaire's "La Fanfarlo" (1969) and illustrations for Rachilde's "Monsieur Venus" (1972). These three full series of works fully demonstrates her amazing talent and poetic gift.

For she, there were many important themes that preoccupied the Surrealists, but nevertheless she always talked about his independence from them.

Her fantasy world populated by strong and beautiful womens, largely similar in appearance to her, and by mens - flexible, graceful figures. The theme of twins, mystery and ambiguity, and their manifestations in everyday life was very important for she.

It is recommended by: First Baltic Channel and TV Kurzeme

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