Museum Home Past Exhibitions Surrealist Muse: Lee Miller, Roland Penrose, and Man Ray

February 25–June 15, 2003 at the Getty Center

Lee Miller / Penrose
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This exhibition focuses on Lee Miller's role as a source of inspiration for other artists and as a creative artist working in photography. The show traces Miller's life in photographs, paintings, and mixed-media works, from her career as a fashion model in New York in the 1920s to her bohemian life in Europe in the 1930s to her coverage of World War II in Germany as a war correspondent. She inspired paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, and photographs by Man Ray, Roland Penrose, and Pablo Picasso. Miller herself created a highly inventive and significant body of photographs that embraces Surrealism even as it spans the realms of portraiture, fashion, and journalism.

The Getty would like to acknowledge the cooperation of The Lee Miller Archive in this exhibition.