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Original Lithographs: Leonor Fini (Argentina, 1908-1996, France): Sultanes et Magiciennes des Milles et Une Nuits

Fini: Sultanes and Magiciennes / Fini 2: Sphinxes / Fini: Paralellment / Fini 4: Portraits / Fini 5: Cats / Fini 6: Le Livre de Monelle
Arp / Coutaud / Delvaux / De Chirico / Ernst / Fini / Giacometti / Hayter / Höch / Klee / Lam / Magritte / Masson / Matta / Miró
Picasso / Richier / Seligmann / Sutherland / Tanning/ Toyen / Wunderlich
Leonor Fini's art offers a woman's take on surrealism, which large dealt with male fantasies, by offering a female view of the female body and of erotic pleasures. Fini was one of the more international figures of the Surrealist movement. She was born in Argentina, raised in her mother's home town of Trieste, Italy, and spent most of her artistic life in Paris, where she had her first one-person show in 1932 (her 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). Although she was friends with many of the leading surrealists (including Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte and Victor Brauner), she never formally joined the movement though she did include her works in several of their International Surrealist Exhibitions. After the Second World War, she had many one-person shows in Europe and America (plus a major retrospective in Japan in 1972). Although she is best known for her paintings, prints, and drawings, she also created stage designs for operas and ballets including one of her own, Le Rêve de Leonor (1949), which was choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton and performed to music by Sir Benjamin Britten. Fini's works are to be found in many important collections of modern art. Her obituary in The London Times stressed her physical beauty, her erotic art, and her legions of lovers, whose names "read like a roll call of the literary and artistic talents of that brilliant age."

Bibliography: General works: José Alvarez, Le livre de Leonor fini. Peintures, dessins, écrits, notes de Leonor Fini (Lausanne: La guilde de Livre, 1975); Marcel Brion, Leonor Fini et son Oeuvre (Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1955); Jean-Claude Dedieu, Leonor Fini. Fêtes. Secrèts. Dessins (Paris: Editions du Regard, 1978); Leonor Fini, Chats d'Atelier (France: Michèle Trinckvel, 1994); Leonor Fini et al, Leonor Fini (Paris: Galerie Dionne, 1997); Leonor Fini (Preface), Leonor Fini Peintures (France: Michèle Trinckvel, 1994); Xaviere Gauthier, Leonor Fini (Paris: Le Musée De Poche, 1979), Jean Genet, Lettre à Léonor Fini (Paris: Loyau, 1950); Jocelyne Godard,   Leonor Fini, ou, Les metamorphoses d'une oeuvre (Paris, Le Semaphore, 1996); Jean Paul Guibbert, Leonor Fini: Graphique (France: Editions Clair Fontaine, 1976); Constantin Jelenski, Leonor Fini (London: The Olympia Press, 1968); Andre Pierre de Mandiargues, Masques de Leonor Fini (Paris: La Parade/André Bonne, 1951); Esther Seldson, Leonor Fini (Bournemouth: Parlstone, 1999); Peter Webb, Sphinx: The Life and Art of Leonor Fini (NY: Vendome Press, 2009).
La Prison de Zigrifine. Original color silkscreen, c. 1976. For the series of Sultanes et Magiciennes des Milles et Une Nuits / Sultans and magicians from the 1001 Nights. 275 signed and numbered impressions of Rives with the embossed cat published by Editions Galerie Carpentier, Paris. Ours is an impression annotated HC v/xxv. Image size: 538x725mm. Price: $1750.
Armine. Original color lithograph, 1976. For the series of Sultanes et Magiciennes des Milles et Une Nuits / Sultans and magicians from the 1001 Nights. 275 signed and numbered impressions of Rives with the embossed cat published by Editions Galerie Carpentier, Paris. Several small handling creases along the bottom margin in the centerat the very bottom of the paper and one at top (all invisible when matted). Image size: 540x730mm. Price: $1750.
Sultanes et Magiciennes: Le Coffre. Original color silkscreen, c. 1976. For the series of Sultanes et Magiciennes des Milles et Une Nuits / Sultans and magicians from the 1001 Nights. 275 signed and numbered impressions of Rives with the embossed cat published by Editions Galerie Carpentier, Paris. Ours is an impression annotated HC. Image size: 538x725mm. Price: $1750.
Sultanes et Magiciennes. Original color silkscreen, c. 1976. For the series of Sultanes et Magiciennes des Milles et Une Nuits / Sultans and magicians from the 1001 Nights. 275 signed and numbered impressions of Rives with the embossed cat published by Editions Galerie Carpentier, Paris. Ours is an impression annotated HC v/xxv. Image size: 538x725mm. Price: $1750.
Sultanes et Magiciennes: Jeux de Dames. Original color silkscreen, c. 1976. For the series of Sultanes et Magiciennes des Milles et Une Nuits / Sultans and magicians from the 1001 Nights. 275 signed and numbered impressions of Rives with the embossed cat published by Editions Galerie Carpentier, Paris. Ours is an impression annotated HC v/xxv. Image size: 538x725mm. Price: $1750.

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