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Lettre A Leonor Fini

Paris: Loyau, 1950

Small 8vo, inpaginated. Original salmon stiff paper wrappers, titled in black to front panel. Wrappers just a little faded, but a very well preserved copy.

First edition, SIGNED BY BOTH GENET AND FINI WITH INTERTWINING SIGNATURES WRITTEN ACROSS EACH OTHER TO HALF-TITLE, AND WITH GENET'S HANDWRITTEN CORRECTIONS TO HIS INTRODUCTION. Photographic postcard portrait of Fini loosely inserted, taken at an exhibition. There is a pencilled date ('lettre 15 April 52') to the verso, and the inscription below the photograph reads: 'Le dernier photo de Leonor ?pendant l'exposition mercredi passé.'

Leonor Fini [1907-1996] was an Argentinian painter and designer of the Surrealist school. A proto-feminist, her life was as unconventional as Genet's. Devoted more to Persian cats than people, she had one husband, very briefly, but spent most of her life in unusual ménages and with a variety of lovers. A photograph of her in a swimming pool taken in 1933 by Henri Cartier-Bresson caused a triple sensation: she was naked; she wasn't married to the photographer; and her pubic area was completely hairless -- the first non-airbrushed Hollywood in photographic history.

Genet and Fini met in 1947 and collaborated that year on La Galère, with Fini providing the illustrations to Genet's erotic poem. Three years later Genet returned the compliment with this illustrated tribute to Fini's work.

We know of no other signed copy, let alone one doubly signed.

Keywords: Jean GENET Leonor FINI"

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