Lee Miller
© Succession Picasso/DACS 2004

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Lee Miller 1937
Lee Miller was an American photographer whose beauty and charm captivated the Surrealist Group. She and her future husband Roland Penrose were friends of Picasso. While they were holidaying with Picasso in the south of France, the artist made five paintings of Lee Miller, all of which were done from memory and sketches. Penrose felt that it perfectly captured Miller's vivid beauty and vitality. However the true test came when he showed it to his two-year-old son Tony for the first time - his instant cry of delight was 'Mummy, Mummy'.

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Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

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  • Acc. No. GML 331
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 81.00 x 60.00 cm
  • Credit Long loan in 1985