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Farewell to the muse : love, war and the women of surrealism /

by Chadwick, Whitney [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2017.Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780500239681; 0500239681.Other title: Love, war and the women of surrealism.Uniform titles: Militant muse.Subject(s): Surrealism -- History | Women artists -- History -- 20th century | Surrealist artists | World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war | Art | History | Art
Contents:
The alchemy of desire: Valentine Penrose and Alice Rahon Paalen, India 1937 -- The two Leonors: Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche, 1938-41 -- 'I will write to you with my eyes' Frida Kahlo and Jacqueline Lamba Breton, Mexico and Paris, 1938-45 -- Soldiers without names Claude Cahun, Suzanne Malherbe and Jacqueline Lamba Breton, Jersey, 1938-45 -- Wars without end Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose, 1940-78.
Summary: Focusing on the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Whitney Chadwick charts five intense, far-reaching female friendships among the surrealists to show how surrealism and the experiences of war, loss and trauma shaped individual women's transitions from beloved muses to mature artists. Her vivid account includes the fascinating story of Claude Cahun and Suzanne Malherbe's subversive activities in occupied Jersey, as well as the experiences of Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose at the frontline.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Farewell to the Muse documents what it meant to be young, ambitious, and female in the context of an avant-garde movement defined by celebrated men whose backgrounds were often quite different from those of their younger lovers and companions. Focusing on the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Whitney Chadwick charts five female friendships among the Surrealists to show how Surrealism, female friendship, and the experiences of war, loss, and trauma shaped individual women's transitions from someone else's muse to mature artists in their own right. Her vivid account includes the fascinating story of Claude Cahun and Suzanne Malherbe in occupied Jersey, as well as the experiences of Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose at the front line.

Chadwick draws on personal correspondence between women, including the extraordinary letters between Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini during the months following the arrest and imprisonment of Carrington's lover Max Ernst and the letter Frida Kahlo shared with her friend and lover Jacqueline Lamba years after it was written in the late 1930s.

This history brings a new perspective to the political context of Surrealism as well as fresh insights on the vital importance of female friendship to its progress.

Thames & Hudson London published this book with the same ISBN in 2017 with title: The militant muse : love, war and the women of surrealism.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 242-247) and index.

The alchemy of desire: Valentine Penrose and Alice Rahon Paalen, India 1937 -- The two Leonors: Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche, 1938-41 -- 'I will write to you with my eyes' Frida Kahlo and Jacqueline Lamba Breton, Mexico and Paris, 1938-45 -- Soldiers without names Claude Cahun, Suzanne Malherbe and Jacqueline Lamba Breton, Jersey, 1938-45 -- Wars without end Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose, 1940-78.

Focusing on the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Whitney Chadwick charts five intense, far-reaching female friendships among the surrealists to show how surrealism and the experiences of war, loss and trauma shaped individual women's transitions from beloved muses to mature artists. Her vivid account includes the fascinating story of Claude Cahun and Suzanne Malherbe's subversive activities in occupied Jersey, as well as the experiences of Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose at the frontline.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Cast of Characters (p. 4)
  • Preface (p. 7)
  • 1 The Alchemy of Desire: (p. 16)
  • Valentine Penrose and Alice Rahon Paalen, India 1937
  • 2 The Two Leonors: (p. 60)
  • Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini, Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche, 1938-41
  • 3 'I Will Write to You with My Eyes' (p. 103)
  • Frida Kahlo and Jacqueline Lamba Breton, Mexico and Paris, 1938-45
  • 4 Soldiers without Names (p. 165)
  • Claude Cahun, Suzanne Malherbe and Jacqueline Laraba Breton, Jersey, 1938-45
  • 5 Wars without End (p. 198)
  • Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose, 1940-78
  • Conclusion (p. 221)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 230)
  • Notes (p. 233)
  • Selected Bibliography (p. 242)
  • Picture Credits (p. 248)
  • Index (p. 251)

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