Meet Florence Henri, The Under-Acknowledged Queen Of Surrealist Photography

February 20, 2015 11:01 PM

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Meet Florence Henri, The Under-Acknowledged Queen Of Surrealist Photography

Think about surrealism and a few names inevitable spring to mind -- André Breton, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Hans Arp and Yves Tanguy. Yet an upcoming exhibition at Jeu de Paume is honoring a pioneering surrealist photographer whose influence, like her work itself, remains cast in shadows.

Florence Henri was born in New York in 1893 but spent most of her artistic career in Paris, moving there 1925 following the death of both her parents. First interested in painting, Henri immersed herself in the visual languages of geometric abstraction and cubism, both of which would factor into her...

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