August 30th People

August 30th

08-30-1907 – 01-18-1996 Leonor Fini – Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Raised in Trieste, Italy by her mother, at the age of seventeen she moved to Milan and then to Paris in the early 1930s. She was an Argentine surrealist painter, illustrator, and author, known for her depictions of powerful women. She was known to be openly bisexual and anti-marriage. In 1942, she painted the first erotic nude male ever painted by a woman. Not only was she a painter, she also designed for the fashion world, and created elaborate sets for the theatre and opera. Fini was also the creator of Elsa Schiaparelli’s “Shocking” perfume bottle. Until her death in 1996, she lived in her Parisian apartment with her two male lovers and many Persian cats. The Art Dealers Association of America called her “…the most undervalued artist of the 20th Century.”

 

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