LEONOR FINI (1908 - 1996)
TÊTE DE FEMME
Signed Leonor (lower center)
Pen and ink on paper
7¼ by 5⅛ in. (18.4 by 13 cm)
Framed: 11⅛ by 9⅜ in. (28.3 by 23.8 cm)
Executed circa 1946.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Richard Overstreet of the Leonor Fini archives.
Executed on cream wove paper. The sheet is mounted with photo corners at all four corners. The top edge is lightly deckled. The sheet is unevenly time stained. There are minor scattered stains across the sheet and to the extreme edges. There is a pindot hole and a 1/4 inch tear to the center of the right edge, both of which have been repaired. Extremely minor handling creases are present throughout the sheet. This work is in good condition.
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Edward James, Sussex
Gallery of Surrealism, New York
Acquired from the above
The original owner of the present work was Edward James, an English heir to an American railroad fortune turned eccentric poet and influential patron of Surrealist art. A lifelong collector of art, James is particularly remembered for his patronage of Surrealist painters including Fini, Dalí, Magritte, Tchelitchew and Carrington. He provided space for his artist friends to develop their creative practice. Dalí, Tchelitchew, Magritte and others were given studio space during extended stays in James' homes at West Dean and in London. He supported them further through commissions and collaborations, building one of the finest collections of Surrealist art in the world.