Rimmington, Edith

(1902 – 1986)

Prize Fight, circa 1960

Acrylic on panel


Private Collection acquired directly from the artist

In Prize Fight, Edith Rimmington deals with our habitually prejudiced concept of man and animal in a deeply ironic way, comparing the phrenologist approach of man’s mind with that of a butcher or slaughterhouse in dealing with an oxens body. Even the background space of this image is ‘quartered’ accordingly.

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Rimmington, Edith

1902 – 1986

Edith Rimmington attended the Brighton School of Art (1919′
22) where she met fellow artist Leslie Robert Baxter (1893’1986)
whom she married in 1926. She joined the British Surrealist
Group on relocating to London from Manchester in 1937, and
despite being one of its only female members, became a key
figure in the movement ‘ showing works at the Surrealist Objects
exhibition at the London Gallery (1937) and the International
Surrealist Exhibition
at the Galerie Maeght in Paris (1947). 

Much of her work from this time is recognisable for its focus
on strange figures and dreams, such as The Oneiroscopist (1947). 

When the British Surrealist Group disbanded in 1947,
Rimmington moved increasingly away from painting to explore
Surrealist ideas through automatic poetry and experimental