Remedios Varo

María de los Remedios Varo Uranga was a Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter. She was friends with the Kahlo and Rivera, yet remained in close contact with many overseas exiled artists, such as Leonora Carrington. She was fascinated with ideas held by philosophers such as Carl Jung, and also held a keen interest in concepts such as sacred geometry and alchemy. It’s noted that  in general, the male surrealists did not respect their female artists in the same style, and the women needed to work within the restrictions of the conceptions of women within the confines of the art form in order to attempt redefinition. Varo’s work often features her characters in seclusion or isolation, perhaps as a response to reflect these themes. From a technical standpoint, it’s observed that her work often focuses on line and form, whereas perhaps Carrington is known more for her color and tone.

 

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