LEONOR FINI (1907-1996)
LEONOR FINI (1907-1996)
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LEONOR FINI (1907-1996)

Nebbia

Details
LEONOR FINI (1907-1996)
Nebbia
signed 'Leonor Fini' (lower left)
oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 32 in. (100 x 81.3 cm.)
Painted in 1982
Provenance
Leonor Fini Estate, Paris.
Galerie Minsky, Paris.
Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco.
Acquired from the above by the present owners on 27 March 2002.
Literature
T. Villani, Parcours dans l'œuvre de Leonor Fini, Belgium, 1989.
J-C. Dedieu, ed., Leonor Fini, Paris, 2001.
Exh. cat. Leonor Fini, Frey Norris Gallery Annex, San Francisco, 2003.
R. Overstreet & N. Zukerman, Leonor Fini, Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, vol. II, Zurich, 2021, no. 970, p. 481 (illustrated).
Exhibited
Ferrara, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Leonor Fini, July - September 1983, no. 77, p. 46 (illustrated p. 161).
Paris, Musée du Luxembourg, Leonor Fini, June - July 1986, no. 54.
Freising, Kunsthaus Dr. Hans Hartl, Leonor Fini, February - March 1993.
San Francisco, Weinstein Gallery, Leonor Fini, New Acquisitions, December 2001 - January 2002.
Special notice
This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.

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Lot Essay

The world of the reluctant Surrealist Leonor Fini has been described as ‘the domain of sleepwalkers... of glazed gazes, of an exaggerated dimension of reality where irrepressible hallucinations exist’ (T. Villani, Parcours dans l'œuvre de Leonor Fini, translated by Jean-Claude Dedieu, 1989, p. 48). Known for her enigmatic subversions of traditional portrayals of women, the present late painting by Fini deviates from her earlier focus on Mannerist elongation and overt Surrealist imagery to create a liminal, atmospheric dreamscape. A lone silhouette of a young woman emerges from the luminous mist in a nondescript urban space. In the foreground, a barely-lit face fixes the viewer with an expressionless gaze. The blackness of the looming awning breaks the dim light emerging from the mist, contrasted sharply against the softly rendered, hazy surroundings, and the scene is permeated by a sense of restlessness. The ambiguous scene unfolding is suffused with the quality of a memory or a dream, left to be related to by the viewer.

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