is quoted as having said, A woman
should always live with two men; one mostly
a lover and one mostly a friend. That
she proceeded to do so is indicative of
her propensity to live as she believed.
Mostly a Lover was the Italian
Marquis, Stanislao Lepri, whom she met in
1941. He was, at that time, a member of
the Italian Diplomatic Corps from which
he resigned when he moved in with Leonor.
They formed an alliance that did not end
until his death in Paris in 1980. While
I became close to Mostly a Friend,
Constantin (Kot) Jelenski, I, sadly, never
had the pleasure of meeting Lepri.
Her painting Stanislao
and Leonor, oil on canvas,
18.5 x 15, is very similar to
one that was included in the Surrealism-
Two Private Eyes exhibition at the New
York Guggenheim Museum in 1999.
was consumed during this period with the
theme of metamorphosis (a thread that is
found in much of her continuing work) and
the correlation between earth, vegetation
and flesh. Her intellect was prodigious
and her exploration of philosophy and its
relationship to her own life was frequently
the sub-text of her paintings. It was during
this period that she began to formulate
her own landscapes, which would continue
to house the characters of her imagination.
Stanislao and Leonor was
featured in the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio,
Texas, show High Drama; Eugene Berman
and the Legacy of the Melancholic
Sublime in May of 2006.