Sphinx Arienec. 197028 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. mixed media (miraflage) on paper on canvas
DescriptionArgentinian-born artist Leonor Fini worked alongside surrealists in Paris, and her work exudes surrealistic themes and fantastical imagery that engages with the unconscious. Throughout her work there are themes of magic and myths that showcase women not as object, but as agents of their own desires, exemplified here in Sphinx Ariene from c. 1970. The Sphinx is an archetype that she uses often in her work, which is about women as active and powerful beings. Fini is considered among the 20th century’s greatest surrealist artists. Three of her works were included in the landmark exhibition “Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism” in 1936 at the Museum of Modern Art.