A Surrealist before she even knew of the movement, Lee Miller was one of the most original photographic artists of the twentieth century. David E. Scherman, LIFE photographer and Miller’s close friend, described her as “caustically brilliant, yet totally loyal, unpretentious, human and intolerant of sham. She was a consummate artist and a consummate clown; at once an upstate New York hick and cosmopolitan grande dame; a cold, soignée fashion model and a hoyden. . . . She was the nearest thing I knew to a mid-20th century renaissance woman.”
The Surrealist eye informed everything Miller did, and her work presents the world in a way that encourages us to view it in a different manner. Written and collected by her son Antony, Surrealist Lee Miller amasses more than one hundred full-page images from throughout the artist’s life as an attestation to her wonderful way of seeing.
About the Author
Antony Penrose is the son of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose and cofounder of the Lee Miller Archives. He is the author of the biography Lives of Lee Miller and editor of Lee Miller’s War. He has been researching, lecturing, and working to conserve his mother’s legacy for forty years.
Farley’s House and Gallery
1st Edition (March 2020)