Leonora Carrington’s Surrealist Paintings Continue to Bewitch Artists, Collectors, and Curators

Dmitry K.
“She was so ahead of her time in her own art and writing and ideas and perspective on the world…she was such an innovator and I think people are only starting to realize that now,” said academic Catriona McAra, when asked to explain Carrington’s increased visibility and popularity. McAra is the author of the forthcoming monograph “The Medium of Leonora Carrington: a feminist haunting of the contemporay arts,” which explores Carrington’s influence on contemporary creative figures.

Born in Lancashire, England, in 1917, Carrington refused to bow to convention from an early age. She rejected the role of society wife and mother that her parents expected her to fulfill, heading to London to study art instead. She fell in love with the much older artist Max Ernst and moved with him to Paris, but refused to to be confined to the role of muse or “femme enfant,” an infantalizing term which the Surrealists imposed on young women in their milieu.