Valentine Penrose

Valentine Penrose


Born
in Mont-de-Marsan, Landes, France
January 01, 1898

Died
August 07, 1978

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Valentine Penrose (née Boué; 1 January 1898 – 7 August 1978), was a French surrealist poet, author and collagist.

Valentine Penrose wrote surrealist poetry, although she is perhaps best known for her biography of the serial killer Elizabeth Báthory (1560-1614). Her poetry reflects her experience of automatic writing, collage and painting techniques such as Max Ernst’s frottage and Wolfgang Paalen’s fumage.

Penrose was interested in female mysticism, alchemy and the occult. She met Count Galarza Santa Clara in Egypt, a master of the esoteric, and made several visits to his ashram in India. In 1936 she made an extended visit to India with the poet and painter Alice Paalen (later Alice Rahon). They become very close and their relationship is sho
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“[...]Conservatemi bella, essenze dei morbidi fiori. Dato che voi esistete veramente come esisto io, gocce segrete conservate nel cavo delle mani delle fate, nel guscio delle ghiande, alla giuntura di due foglie, dove si bagna l'insetto, dato che voi esistete, o segreti, dirigetevi verso di me, venite ad aiutarmi! Io non so da dove vengo, sono incapace di immaginare da dove vengo. Voi che non conoscete la vostra strana potenza, voi che siete nati tali quali siete, mantentemi quale sono ora. Perché non so donde vengo, non so dove vado: sono qui.”
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