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Mary Louise Reynolds (1891-1950) led a fascinating life at the center of the Surrealist circle of artists, numbering as her friends Max Ernst, Man Ray, Paul Ãluard, AndrÃ© Breton, Jean Cocteau, and Salvador DalÃ. Reynolds and Surrealist Marcel Duchamp were partners in a long term relationship thought by their friends to be far happier than most marriages. She was a book artist and served in the French resistance during World War II. The materials in the Mary Louise Reynolds Archive and her collection of rare books and bindings at the Art Institute of Chicago have inspired at least two books and several exhibitions, as well as this Web site. The site features four essays reprinted from the Art Institute's Museum Studies journal, illustrated with digital images of Surrealist works, and available in both HTML and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. There is also an online finding aid to the collection, and it is possible to search the Ryerson and Burnham Library's catalog for Reynolds collection items. One portion of the site (View Works of Art) brings together all the digitized works of art: Reynolds' book bindings, Surrealist documents, prints, and a few photographs.
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