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Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art

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This is the first book to survey the life and work of Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (born 1917).Carrington burst onto the Surrealist scene in 1936, when, as a precocious nineteen-year-old débutante, she escaped the stultifying demands of her wealthy English family by running away to Paris with her lover Max Ernst. She was immediately championed by André Breton, who responded enthusiastically to her fantastical, dark and satirical writing style and her interest in fairy tales and the occult. Her stories ...
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This is the first book to survey the life and work of Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (born 1917).Carrington burst onto the Surrealist scene in 1936, when, as a precocious nineteen-year-old débutante, she escaped the stultifying demands of her wealthy English family by running away to Paris with her lover Max Ernst. She was immediately championed by André Breton, who responded enthusiastically to her fantastical, dark and satirical writing style and her interest in fairy tales and the occult. Her stories were included in Surrealist publications, and her paintings in the Surrealists' exhibitions.

After the dramas and tragic separations of the Second World War, Carrington ended up in the 1940s as part of the circle of Surrealist European émigrés living in Mexico City. Close friends with Luis Bunuel, Benjamin Péret, Octavio Paz and a host of both expatriate Surrealists and Mexican modernists, Carrington was at the center of Mexican cultural life, while still maintaining her European connections.

Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art provides a fascinating overview of this intriguing artist's rich body of work. The author considers Carrington's preoccupation with alchemy and the occult, and explores the influence of indigenous Mexican culture and beliefs on her production.

Contents: Introduction: The magikal art of painting
The reluctant débutante
Ernst, Surrealism and the femme sorcière
Heaven and hell: wartime experiences
The alchemical kitchen: Domestic space as sacred space
Esoteric interests
Bibliography
Index.

Author Biography: Susan Aberth received her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
her dissertation was on the art of Leonora Carrington. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Bard College, New York, where she specializes in Latin American Art.

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Alberth (art history, Bard Coll.) here presents the first monograph in English on one of the last surrealist artists alive today. Irish-born Leonora Carrington launched her foray into art by running from her sheltered life of money and status but mostly from her wealthy family. After studying in Italy, she traveled to Paris with her lover and fellow artist, Max Ernst, but World War II separated them. She then migrated to Mexico City as part of the circle of surrealist European migr s and continues to live there today. As this collection of her fascinating work reveals, Carrington soaked up fairy tales and folklore in her childhood, found the focus on the subconscious via the surrealists a stimulating enterprise, and upon arrival in Mexico discovered a potent blend of Catholicism and primitivism, culture and tribe, and life and death. Carlos Fuentes may have summed her up best when he said that her art is "a gay, diabolical, and persistent struggle against orthodoxy, which [she] conquers and disperses with imagination." Richly illustrated and the first to fully explore the artist's life and work, this important book is recommended for all libraries specializing in art and art history.-Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848220560
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    Essential Carrington work

    Let us not forget that Dali was NOT the only Surrealist artist. This book is essential for anyone interested in Surrealist art. The women of the Movement were great, and Carrington is one of my favorites. Images in this book are beautiful and the curatorial statements are well written. Included is biographical information on this wonderful artist. Highly recommend.

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