LEONOR (ELEONORA) FINI. "Jugglers." Costume design for the 1969 film "A Walk with Love and Death." Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on thick paper. 445x705 mm; 17 1/2x27 3/4 inches, on 22 1/4x30 1/2-inch sheet. Unsigned. Hinged to window matte. Accompanied by signed letter from the artist to Carter DeHaven, the film's producer, mentioning the designs for "Jugglers." A printed email from Galerie Minsky authenticating the artwork also accompanies the lot.
Directed by John Huston, produced by Carter DeHaven, and starring Anjelica Huston, this romantic drama set during the Hundred Years War focuses on the relationship between a young noblewoman and a student who has abandoned his studies in Paris.
The typed letter written on October 28, 1970 to DeHaven, who was also an actor, writer, and director, reads:
A Swiss publisher is currently preparing a book on my sketches, set designs and costumes for the theatre and cinema. I would very much like to include in this work the designs which I did for the "jugglers" (about ten drawings in all) in WALK WITH LOVE AND DEATH, and would appreciate it greatly if you could arrage [sic] to have them sent to me -- or tell me where they are and how I might obtain them.
Thanking you in advance for your kind assistance, I remain
Yours very truly,Leonor Fini [signed]"
The book Fini refers to in the letter is likely Leonor Fini (Geneva, Switzerland: Galerie Lambert Monet, 1970). It is unknown whether the artwork is illustrated in this publication.