This painting by Milena Pavlović-Barili reminds me of Remedios Varo.
Two self-portraits. I'm seeing people compare her to Frida Kahlo but this just tells me they should immerse themselves into the world of art more sheesh.
This one is Varo meets Giorgio Chirico. Her life overlapped with the lifetimes of these other two painters. I wonder if she knew them or about them.
This one has an animated movie character feel. Something @spumshot might find interesting.
Some of the illustrations she did for Vogue magazine.
These characters have a Junji Ito feel.
This one would make a terrific mural. Greyhounds have a peculiar body shape. This white one almost feels like a unicorn, creatures traditionally paired up with a maiden in mythology and art.
Her father was Italian and her mother was a Serb woman descended from the eldest daughter of Serbian revolutionary leader and progenitor of the Karađorđević dynasty, Karađorđe Petrović.
She died in 1945 at the age of 35 in New York from a heart attack. She had heart problems her entire life but a horse-riding accident in 1944 on her honeymoon had a big impact. A medical examiner ascertained that she would have remained an invalid had she survived.…
Here is her obituary in the New York Times.
Apparently, Mussolini was a fan and she was infatuated at one point with a Cuban criollo pianist she met in Paris. Her infatuation evaporated when he visited her in New York in 1940. He had apparently joined a cult and was led around by some weird Spanish woman.
This portrait of what is apparently some American woman reminds me of ''The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry'', an illuminated French manuscript from the 15th century.
This one is titled ''Melancholy''. Are there any Greek mythology inspirations here? Butterflies are associated with the souls of the dead and Psyche (who shares the name with butterflies). Hypnos and Thanatos are the gods of Sleep and Death. Maybe she's in their realm?
Speaking of myths, here's her depiction of Venus.
''Yes, I'm Italian. How can you tell?''
A portrait of Rudolf Valentino.
The 18th Psalm.
Madonna (not the singer!)
Another self-portrait.
This is clearly a stand user.
Angels and a child.
This is a portrait of her husband, Robert Thomas Astor Gosselin. This is the best uncropped version I could find in these late hours ugh.…
Apparently, he remarried and had children. Someone was inquiring about him on a genealogy website in 2008.
Tagging two frens. @Sp0nd0r and @DerSturmWolf
Wolf, are you familiar with this painter? She lived in New York during the last years of her life.

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