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Leonora Carrington (1917 - 2011)

Leonora Carrington studied at Chelsea School of Art (1935) and the

Ozenfant Academy in London (1935–38).


Quickly gaining recognition in Surrealist circles, she fell in

love with Max Ernst (1891–1976), with whom she moved to

Paris, forging a prolific collaboration before their separation during

WWII after Ernst was arrested. Devastated, Carrington suffered a

breakdown and was hospitalised. After escaping to New York, she

finally settled in Mexico, where she lived for the rest of her life.


Carrington demonstrated a lifelong rejection of the traditional

representation of women, particularly the Surrealist positioning of

them as objects of male desire. In Mexico she became a founding

member of the Women’s Liberation Movement and author of

several books, including Hearing Trumpet (1976). She also showed

extensively, including at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in NY (1947),

Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Mexico City (1960) and the

Serpentine Gallery (1991). In 2010, she was part of Pallant House

Gallery’s Surreal Friends exhibition – a celebration of women’s role in

the Surrealist movement.

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