Meret Oppenheim is an artist with a free and instinctive creativity, inquisitive nature and complex personality. Her work is versatile, lending itself to incorporate the application of various artistic techniques. After her move to Paris in 1932, she worked among great masters of surrealism, such as Arp, Giacometti, Breton, Man Ray, Duchamp and Max Ernst – who became her intimate companion. The surrealist movement had great influence in Oppenheim’s life but nevertheless she created her own identity.
Her most famous work “Déjeuner en fourrure” (Breakfast in fur), was purchased by Alfred H. Barr from Charles Ratton Gallery for the MoMA in New York, and dates back to these years. Back to Paris in 1939, she took part in the exhibition on “imaginary” furniture with Max Ernst and Leonor Fini; in that event, she presented Traccia, the famous table with bird’s legs.