Fanny Brennan

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Fanny Brennan

Fanny Brennan (1921–2001) was a French-American surrealist painter.[1] She was born in Paris, and educated in the United States and Europe, enrolling in art school in France in 1938.[1][2] When war began, she went to New York.[1] In 1941 the Wakefield Bookshop gallery run by Betty Parsons included her in two shows.[1] She also worked for Harpers Bazaar and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1] In 1944, the Office of War Information hired her to work in Europe.[1] For almost twenty years after the births of her children she ceased painting, not beginning again until 1970.[1] Starting in 1973, she had three solo exhibitions with Betty Parsons, and then some with Coe Kerr Gallery.[1] A book of her work, called Skyshades, was published in 1990, and had an introduction by Calvin Tomkins.[1]

Her paintings were typically three or four inches across, and frequently combined domestic objects such as buttons with landscapes.[2][3]

Her portrait was drawn by Alberto Giacometti, and she met Pablo Picasso and Tristan Tzara during her life.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Holland Cotter. "Fanny Brennan, Surrealist, 80; Lived in Paris". nytimes.
  2. ^ a b "Fanny Brennan; French-Born Surrealist Painter". latimes.
  3. ^ a b "Deaths". Washington Post. 4 August 2001.