Leonor Fini, Self-Portrait with Red Hat
Leonor Fini (August 30, 1907 – January 18, 1996) was an Argentine surrealist painter.
It has been said about her that she is the only artist to paint women without apology. Many of her paintings feature strong, beautiful women (many times resembling herself) in ceremonial or provocative situations. Men are often portrayed as lithe figures who are under the protection of her females. The sphinx and cats play major parts in her paintings, as does the theme of ‘the double’. She was equally adept at etching, drawing, watercolor and oil painting. She lived with many cats; up to a total of 23 at one time. The illness of one of her cats could send her into a deep depression.
Also did I ever tell the story of how Rhiannon from fuckyeahwomenartists came to the feminist parlor games event at the gallery? It was such a fun night of surprised guests and even more surprising previously untapped talent.