Miller in Lanvin, Horst, Vogue 1931.
In the late 1920s Miller went to live in Paris where she became photographic assistant, muse and lover to the surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray. Miller was an integral figure within the Parisian Surrealist circle becoming a celebrated artist in her own right. Indeed, Miller would go on to photograph such famous faces as Charlie Chaplin and Pablo Picasso and in turn, Miller was one of Picasso’s subjects. Later, Miller would marry British Surrealist artist and curator Roland Penrose.
(what a bold, brilliant portrait this is!)
“Lee Miller was an American photographer whose beauty and charm captivated the Surrealist Group. She and her future husband Roland Penrose were friends of Picasso. While they were holidaying with Picasso in the south of France, the artist made five paintings of Lee Miller, all of which were done from memory and sketches. Penrose felt that it perfectly captured Miller’s vivid beauty and vitality. However the true test came when he showed it to his two-year-old son Tony for the first time - his instant cry of delight was ‘Mummy, Mummy.’” - Exhibition label (Source)