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Art and Androgyny: The Life of Sculptor Fiore de Henriquez (2004)

ISBN: 9781904027201
Artist(s): Fiore de Henriquez
Author(s): Jan Morris
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2004
Publisher: Elliott and Thompson
Total Pages: 266
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour and black and white

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The sculptor Fiore De Henriquez led a double life in more sense than one. Born in Italy, she became a British citizen with an international career and, until her death in June 2004, divided her time between London and the Italian province of Lucca. Born and raised as a girl she developed male characteristics at puberty, at which time she accepted a unique intersexual identity that she celebrated as hermaphrodite. Her sculpture reflects this duality. Her work encompasses two main fields – that of expressive portraiture, combining masculine strength with feminine sensitivity, and that of semi-abstract figures featuring twinned bodies, ambiguous creatures and legendary beings that inhabit more than one realm. At once highly public – Fiore’s sitters included HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, President Kennedy, Margot Fonteyn, Igor Stravinsky, Vivien Leigh – her emotional life was difficult, tumultuous and at times explosive, for her passion and rages were as powerful as her personality. Condition: some light shelf-wear to covers, otherwise very good.

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