Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington was a British born Mexican surrealist painter, who lived most of her life in Mexico city. Her first big exhibition was in 1947 in New York City, after which she essentially became instantly successful. Her work depicts dreamlike visions of mythic, pseudo religious/occult imagery and folklore. Carrington, also a successful author, had quite a few dramatic personal stories herself, including running away with established and married artist Max Ernst, suffering abusive treatment in a mental hospital after Ernst was captured in the wake of WWII, and then remarrying to a friend of Picasso, then again to one of Robert Capa’s darkroom assistants, making friends with other artists along the way. Definitely a formidable creative force in the Surrealist movement, as both painter and writer.

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