Leonor Fini (1907–1996) was an Argentinian surrealist painter, designer, illustrator, and author, known for her depictions of powerful women.
Born in Buenos Aires
, she was raised in Trieste
, her mother's home city. Custody battles often involved Fini and her mother in sudden flights and disguises. She moved to Milan
at the age of 17, and then to Paris, in either 1931 or 1932. There, she became acquainted with Carlo Carrà
and Giorgio de Chirico
, who inspired much of her work. She also came to know Paul Éluard
, Max Ernst
, Georges Bataille
, Henri Cartier-Bresson
, André Pieyre de Mandiargues
, and Salvador Dalí
. She traveled Europe by car with Mandiargues and Cartier-Bresson where she was photographed nude in a swimming pool by Cartier-Bresson. The photograph of Fini sold in 2007 for $305,000 - the highest price paid at auction for one of his works to that date.