Leonora Carrington, 1917-2011

Leonora Carrington died on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 at age 94. The author of short stories and novels she is best known as a painter and later a sculptor. Although she resisted the label surrealist she made work throughout the movement that embodied the surrealist exploration of co-existing conscious and dream realities through the way she used humor and realism to naturalize the fantastic. She was admired by André Breton and close to many artists linked to Surrealism, beginning with Max Ernst and including Leonor Fini, Lee Miller, and Remedios Varo, with whom she shared a creative friendship in Mexico City. Born in England, she moved to France with Ernst. During the World War Two she was interned in a mental institution in northern Spain against her will. When she got out she escaped to Portugal and from there made it to New York City and eventually to Mexico. She remained in Mexico for the rest of her life where she married photographer Emeric Weisz, at times spending extended periods of time in the United States. She is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.

-Katharine Conley

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