AKA Léonor Fini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Surrealist painter, sex kitten
Born in Buenos Aires, Leonor Fini moved to Trieste as a girl when her parents separated. After holding her first solo exhibition in Milan in 1929, she relocated to Paris in 1931. There she quickly insinuated herself among the artists of the Surrealist movement, exhibiting with them in 1933 and holding her first one-person show in Paris in 1935. As a result, she became very close friends with a number of the major surrealists, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Eugène Ionesco, Georges Hugnet, Georges Bataille, Max Ernst, Paul Éluard, and Giorgio de Chirico. A prolific libertine, Fini provided some of the material for Pauline Réage's novel Story of O.
According to her obituary in The Guardian:
At one gallery opening she wore a beautiful Siberian wolf-fur coat, which she had exchanged for a painting. When someone suggested it was rather warm for such clothing, she opened her coat to reveal that she was naked. George Hoyningen-Huene photographed her dressed in nothing but black feathers. In 1937 she designed the Shocking scent bottle in the shape of Mae West's torso for Schiaparelli, and exhibited her own furniture.
Fini lived for forty years in a menage-a-trois with Count Stanislao Lepri and Constanine Jelenski. She kept a large number of cats -- as many as 23 at a time -- which she would take with her when she travelled.
Father: (Slavic, separated)
Boyfriend: Count Stanislao Lepri (former Italian consul in Monte Carlo, later a painter; menage-a-trois)
Boyfriend: Constanine Jelenski (Polish poet; menage-a-trois)
Slept with: Max Ernst
Slept with: Andre Pierre Miandargues
Slept with: Count Sforzino Sforza
Argentinian Ancestry Paternal
Italian Ancestry Maternal
Is the subject of documentaries:
Leonor Fini, 1991
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