By Whitney Chadwick
A interesting exam of the pursuits and friendships of a skilled crew of midcentury girls artists
Farewell to the Muse files what it intended to be younger, formidable, and feminine within the context of an avant-garde flow outlined via celebrated males whose backgrounds have been frequently relatively various from these in their more youthful fanatics and partners. targeting the Thirties, Nineteen Forties, and Fifties, Whitney Chadwick charts 5 woman friendships one of the Surrealists to teach how Surrealism, lady friendship, and the reports of conflict, loss, and trauma formed person women’s transitions from a person else’s muse to mature artists of their personal correct. Her shiny account contains the interesting tale of Claude Cahun and Suzanne Malherbe in occupied Jersey, in addition to the reviews of Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose on the entrance line.
Chadwick attracts on own correspondence among ladies, together with the intense letters among Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini in the course of the months following the arrest and imprisonment of Carrington’s lover Max Ernst and the letter Frida Kahlo shared together with her good friend and lover Jacqueline Lamba years after it was once written within the past due 1930s.
This heritage brings a brand new point of view to the political context of Surrealism in addition to clean insights at the important value of girl friendship to its progress.
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Farewell to the Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism by Whitney Chadwick