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Leonor Fini Art

French, 1908-1996

Leonor Fini was the life of the party during the French Surrealist movement. A socialite with connections to some of the movement's biggest names, Fini was also an astoundingly gifted artist in her own right. In fact, many consider her to be the most fiercely independent female artist of the 20th century. A theatrical personality, Fini created prints, paintings and drawings that are widely revered for their sensuous qualities and raw energy.

Fini's life started off in a dramatic fashion, which was perhaps a portent of things to come. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1907, but her parents separated soon after and her mother took her away to Trieste, Italy. Due to her father's attempts to kidnap her, Fini was often dressed as a boy throughout her childhood. 

Fini was surrounded by artistic women in Trieste, and she naturally developed a love for art as well. By the time she was 17, she had become familiar with Renaissance art and Mannerist painting and was exhibiting her own portraits. In 1931, at just 24 years of age, Fini moved to Paris and became acquainted with influential artists Giorgio de Chirico and Carlos Carrà. She also met and started a romantic relationship with Surrealist pioneer Max Ernst, who introduced her to others in the movement.

Though she had no formal art education, Fini proved herself to be both technically masterful and creatively exceptional. Her work and her flamboyant personality attracted the attention of many of the 20th century's most celebrated artists and thinkers, including Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau, Albert Camus and Jean Genet, just to name a very few. She exhibited her work in many Parisian art galleries, including the gallery of Christian Dior before the fashion icon became a designer.

In the 1950s, Fini continued painting while immersing herself in other artistic and dramatic endeavors, including theater costume and mask design. She also designed posters for the Paris Opera and wardrobes for movies.

Fini continued living and painting in Paris for the rest of her life. She died in 1996.

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Artist: Leonor Fini
Dragon Cat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Dragon Cat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

signed original lithograph
By Leonor Fini
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original lithograph. Printed in 1972 on Rives wove paper at the atelier Rene Guillard and published by Philippe Lebaud in a limited edition of 190 for the "Variations sur l'i...
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1970s Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

The Bystanders, Original Hand-signed and Numbered Lithograph, Leonor Fini
By Leonor Fini
Located in PARIS, FR
*Dimensions include the frame This 1973 lithograph by Leonor Fini, titled "The Bystanders," is a captivating work that illustrates Fini's unique perspective and her exploration of f...
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Face with flowers, Original Hand-signed and Numbered Lithograph, Leonor Fini
By Leonor Fini
Located in PARIS, FR
*Dimensions include the frame This Leonor Fini lithograph is a mesmerizing representation of her surrealist style, blending delicate beauty wit...
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1960s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

La Grande Parade des Chats by Leonor Fini 1973 Cats Lythographs
By Leonor Fini
Located in FR
La grande Parade des Chats Original Illustrations by Leonor Fini Containing sixty illustrations This is from a unique special run being one of only 35 copies produced for personal use by Leonor Fini these were numbered EA 1 to EA 35 This example being EA 9 and has been personally dedicated and signed by the artist to her friend Philippe Aetmann A mid century modern artist Leonor Fini 1907-1996 There was a small run of this Limited Edition in total 250 copies numbered and signed by the artist with 230 copies printed on hand made Arches paper and another 20 on Japon nacre Through time most of these books have been been split up and the illustrations sold off individually Consequently there are very few complete examples remaining Original printed hardcover containing the book itself printed with winged cats (reference to her Sphinx women) Unique copy in very good condition with only minor signs of age Leonor Fini (1907–1996) is considered one of the most important women artists of the twentieth century and also one of the most misunderstood. Frequently labeled a surrealist she was never a member of that group or movement, preferring to stake her own claim on modernism with a vision that owes more to the farthest shores of her imagination than to any affiliation with art trends, schools or movements. The originality of her art as well as her intelligence, famous wit and charisma accorded her celebrity status in the Paris art world and beyond beginning in the late thirties. Often eclipsing and even compromising her standing as a major artist was the originality and impact of her personal style. Her panache and glamour, once they found a place in the collective imagination of the time, turned her into a much-publicized fashion and feminist icon. Always controversial, with as many detractors as admirers, she lived and painted consummately on her own terms. Born in Buenos Aires of mixed Spanish, Italian, Argentine and Slavic blood, Leonor was raised in Trieste by her single mother where she absorbed the multi-ethnic and mixed cultural heritage of that cosmopolitan center. The predominant themes in Leonor Fini’s art are sexual tensions, mysteries and games. One of her favored subjects is the interplay between the dominant female and the passive male, and in many of her most powerful works the female takes the form of the sphinx to which she felt a strong identification. Her genius for stage and screen design is evident in her numerous ground breaking theater decors...
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Fruits de la Passion - Rare Book by Leonor Fini - 1980
By Leonor Fini
Located in Roma, IT
Original Title: Fruits de la passion. Trente-deux variations sur un thème de Leonor Fini. Texte de Jean-Claude Dedieu . Splendid, suggestive an...
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1980s Modern Leonor Fini Art

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Paper

Histiore d'O
By Leonor Fini
Located in Wilton, CT
Print from the Fini book Histoire d'O, signed in pencil and numbered 9/15
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1960s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Tristan and Isolde
By Leonor Fini
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork titled "Tristan and Isolde" 1978 is an original color lithograph on Arches wove paper by noted Italian/Argentinian artist Leonor Fini, 1907-1996. It is hand signed and n...
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Late 20th Century Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Leonor Fini - Walking on Death - Original Lithograph
By Leonor Fini
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Leonor Fini - Walking on Death - Original Lithograph The Flowers of Evil 1964 Conditions: excellent Edition: 500 Dimensions: 46 x 34 cm Editions: Le Cercle du Livre Précieux, Paris...
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1960s Modern Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Erotica
By Leonor Fini
Located in Hollywood, FL
Artist: Leonor Fini Title: Erotica Medium: Etching Signed: Hand Signed Edition Number: 65/150 Measurements: 14" x 18" Framed: 20.75" x 26" Condition: Excellent. This piece has...
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Etching

Ileria
By Leonor Fini
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork titled "Ileria" 1972 is an original color lithograph on watermarked Arches paper by noted Italian/Argentinian artist Leonor Fini, 1907-1996. It is signed and numbered E....
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Sexy Cat - Nude Unicorn Cat Woman - Chat Surrealiste
By Leonor Fini
Located in Miami, FL
Leonor Fini creates a hybrid cat-woman-unicorn that is sexy and alluring. Signed lower right. Gouache and pen and ink on paper on heavy textured paper. The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Richard Overstreet...
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1940s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Paper, Pen, Gouache, Ink

Untitled
By Leonor Fini
Located in Barcelona, ES
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
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1970s Modern Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cat with a Cat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat with a Cat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Leonor Fini
Located in Barcelona, ES
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
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1970s Modern Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Leonor Fini
Located in Barcelona, ES
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
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1970s Modern Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Leonor Fini
Located in Barcelona, ES
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
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1970s Modern Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Leonor Fini
Located in Barcelona, ES
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
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1970s Modern Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cat in Heels
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat in Heels 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Woman's stare)
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
Untitled (Woman’s stare) 1976 Serigraph Ed. Edition of 175 25.75 x 20.5 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Screen

Cat Duo
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat Duo 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Train)
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
Untitled (Train) 1976 Serigraph Ed. Edition of 175 25.75 x 20.5 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Screen

Cats in Bed
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cats in Bed 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Flower hats)
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
Untitled (Flower hats) 1976 Serigraph Ed. Edition of 175 25.75 x 20.5 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Screen

Cat Friends
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat Friends 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Mirror)
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
Untitled (Mirror) 1976 Serigraph Ed. Edition of 175 25.75 x 20.5 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Screen

Three Sisters With a Cat - Original Etching Hand Signed & Numbered
By Leonor Fini
Located in Paris, FR
Léonor FINI (1907-1996) Three sisters with a cat Original etching, 1973 Hand signed in pencil Numbered /275 copies On Arches vellum size 56 x 38 cm (c. 22 x 15 in) Very good condition
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Etching

Regal Cat with her Cat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Regal Cat with her Cat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Robed Cat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Robed Cat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Hatted Cats
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Hatted Cats 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cat with a Knife
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat with a Knife 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Baby in vase)
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
Untitled (Baby in vase) 1976 Serigraph Ed. Edition of 175 25.75 x 20.5 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Screen

Robed Cat Trio
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Robed Cat Trio 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Performing Cats
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Performing Cats 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Female Face - Lithograph by Leonor Fini - 1960s
By Leonor Fini
Located in Roma, IT
Female Face is an artwork realized by Leonor Fini in 1960 ca. 61,5x47,5 sheet, 40x32 lithograph, specimen no. EA XXX/XXX. Work hand signed lower right, inscribed "EA" and numbered...
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1960s Contemporary Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cats on a Swing
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat on a Swing 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cats on a Scooter
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cats on a Scooter 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Horned Cat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Horned Cat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Stump)
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
Untitled (Stump) 1976 Serigraph Ed. Edition of 175 25.75 x 20.5 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Screen

Robed and Hatted Cat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Regal Cat with her Cat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cats and Hammock
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cats and Hammock 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Young Lady With Flower - Original Etching Hand Signed & Numbered
By Leonor Fini
Located in Paris, FR
Léonor FINI (1907-1996) Young lady with flower Original etching, 1973 Hand signed in pencil Numbered /275 copies On Arches vellum size 56 x 38 cm (c. 22 x 15 in) Very good condition
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Etching

Untitled (Gossip)
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
Untitled (Gossip) 1976 Serigraph Ed. Edition of 175 25.75 x 20.5 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Screen

Lounging Cat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Lounging Cat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cats Dot and Swirl
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cats Dot and Swirl 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cat on the Rings
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat on the Rings 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Young Lady - Original Etching Hand Signed & Numbered
By Leonor Fini
Located in Paris, FR
Léonor FINI (1907-1996) Young lady Original etching, 1973 Hand signed in pencil Numbered /275 copies On Arches vellum size 56 x 38 cm (c. 22 x 15 in) Very good condition
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Etching

The Surrealist Sisters - Original Etching Hand Signed & Numbered
By Leonor Fini
Located in Paris, FR
Léonor FINI (1907-1996) The surrealist sisters Original etching, 1973 Hand signed in pencil Numbered /275 copies On Arches vellum size 56 x 38 cm (c. 22 x 15 in) Very good condition
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Etching

Jester Cat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Jester Cat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cat in Dress
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat in Dress 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Red Cat Twins
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Red Cat Twins 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cat with a Perch Hat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat with a Perch Hat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Family Portrait - Original Etching Hand Signed & Numbered
By Leonor Fini
Located in Paris, FR
Léonor FINI (1907-1996) Family portrait Original etching, 1973 Hand signed in pencil Numbered /275 copies On Arches vellum size 56 x 38 cm (c. 22 x 15 in) Very good condition
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Etching

Cat with Flower
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat with Flower 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cat in Striped Dress
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat in Striped Dress 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Cat with Hat
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Cat with Hat 1973 Color lithograph Ed. 157/230 12.5 x 9 inches
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Lithograph

Les Elus De La Nuit (10B)
By Leonor Fini
Located in Columbia, MO
LEONOR FINI Les Elus De La Nuit (10B) 1986 15 x 11 Etching on Arches paper Ed. 14/31
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1980s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Etching

Surrealist Lady - Original Etching Hand Signed & Numbered
By Leonor Fini
Located in Paris, FR
Léonor FINI (1907-1996) Surrealist lady Original etching, 1973 Hand signed in pencil Numbered /275 copies On Arches vellum size 56 x 38 cm (c. 22 x 15 in) Very good condition
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1970s Surrealist Leonor Fini Art

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Etching

Leonor Fini art for sale on 1stDibs.

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