I’ve long been a fan of the classic Surrealism of British born artist Leonora Carrington, but I had never seen any originals of her work until my recent visit to the Martin Lawrence Gallery in San Francisco, the same gallery where I discovered the art of Robert Deyber.
Carrington’s was born in 1917, and her life was as interesting and surreal as her art — the stuff excellent movie biopics are made of. Born in Britain, she eloped with Max Ernst, hung out with Picasso, Man Ray and Dali, fled the Nazis, escaped from a Spanish psychiatric hospital and later settled in Mexico, where she built a reputation as one of the most original and visionary British artists, sculptors and writers of the 20th century.
She also helped blaze a trail for women Surrealists, going to head-to-head with the male artists of the time, while gaining acceptance in the male-centric Surrealist world. Sadly, Leonora Carrington passed away last year at the age of 94. The last of the original Surrealists, she leaves behind a legacy of inventive, challenging work. Here’s just a small part of it.