This is my favorite, it is a wonderful lithograph from a very limited edition of 7/11 from the International Listed artist Leonor Fini (1908-1996). It is on BFK Rives paper ( stamped top left and bottom right), with the GG embossed on the paper. It is signed in pencil in the plate by the artist and numbered 7/11 in the plate. Just look at the children, it is just hypnotic. Amazing colors, and so beautifully drawn. This is a rare one, so do not miss out. The condition is very good, it has a surface scratch about 2" near the bottom as seen in the picture, it can be easily fixed. It is in a nice wood frame.
Frame size: 25" x 31" Image size: 20" x 26"
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About the artist ( from Askart) :
Leonor Fini was born in 1908 in Buenos Aires, Argentina of mixed Italian and Slavic descent. She had no formal training in art but like most children, she drew and painted. As a teenager she adorned her efforts with things like crushed eggshell, beads, etc. By the time she was seventeen she was making portraits in oils of well-known people in Triest, which led to an invitation to move to Milan and paint the whole family of a government official. In 1933 she moved to Paris and her work revealed a gift of fantasy that was close to Surrealism.
She also created paintings, posters and sets for the Paris Opera and costumes for the Comedie Francaise. In addition to her work for the Parisian stage, she designed sets and costumes for La Scala opera house. She illustrated several books. Outspoken and independent, she became part of the surrealist movement along with artists Andre Breton and Max Ernst. She later became known for her images of mysterious exotic young women often portrayed as witches or fairies.
Striking in person as well as in her work, Fini appeared in public in heavy makeup and wearing unusual clothes with wide-brimmed hats and a great deal of jewelry.
She died on January 18, 1996 in Paris.
Compiled and submitted August 2004 by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California
Sources include: The Oxford Companion to 20th Century Art, edited by Harold Osborne Architectural Digest Obituary in Los Angeles Times
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