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Leonora Carrington

British-Mexican, 1917–2011

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Leonora Carrington

British-Mexican, 1917–2011

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Painter and novelist Leonora Carrington redefined female symbolism and imagery in Surrealism. Working in oil painting, traditional bronze and cast iron sculpture, and mixed-media sculpture that incorporated wood, glass, and iron objects, Carrington, a one-time romantic companion and muse of the Surrealist Max Ernst, shared Ernst’s concerns with the dream world and the symbolic intermediaries connecting it to reality. Rejecting the Surrealist ideal of woman as a source of creative energy, she turned to the animal world, the occult, and Celtic myth for hers. El Juglar (1954) is one of Carrington’s most renowned works, a dream landscape of horses, imaginary creatures, occultist motifs, and autobiographical references. She is most often associated with the Spanish artist and fellow female Surrealist Remedios Varo, with whom she had close ties.

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$3m, Sotheby's, 2014
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Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Biography

Painter and novelist Leonora Carrington redefined female symbolism and imagery in Surrealism. Working in oil painting, traditional bronze and cast iron sculpture, and mixed-media sculpture that incorporated wood, glass, and iron objects, Carrington, a one-time romantic companion and muse of the Surrealist Max Ernst, shared Ernst’s concerns with the dream world and the symbolic intermediaries connecting it to reality. Rejecting the Surrealist ideal of woman as a source of creative energy, she turned to the animal world, the occult, and Celtic myth for hers. El Juglar (1954) is one of Carrington’s most renowned works, a dream landscape of horses, imaginary creatures, occultist motifs, and autobiographical references. She is most often associated with the Spanish artist and fellow female Surrealist Remedios Varo, with whom she had close ties.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$3m, Sotheby's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Shows Featuring Leonora Carrington
Articles Featuring Leonora Carrington
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Why Artists Have Been Enchanted by Witchcraft for Centuries
The Artist Who Embraced the Occult and Defied the Surrealists
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The Artist Who Embraced the Occult and Defied the Surrealists
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Jun 25th, 2019
When Mexico Became a Surrealist Mecca
The Painting Techniques of 5 Famous Artists, from Botticelli to Vermeer
May 10th, 2019
The Painting Techniques of 5 Famous Artists, from Botticelli to Vermeer
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