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Leonora Carrington [Paperback]

Susan L. Aberth
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1 May 2010
Now available for the first time in paperback, this book remains the definitive survey of the life and work of Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (born 1917). Carrington burst onto the Surrealist scene in 1936, when, as a precocious nineteen-year-old debutante, she escaped the stultifying demands of her wealthy English family by running away to Paris with her lover Max Ernst. She was immediately championed by Andre Breton, who responded enthusiastically to her fantastical, dark and satirical writing style and her interest in fairy tales and the occult. Her stories were included in Surrealist publications, and her paintings in the Surrealists' exhibitions. After the dramas and tragic separations of the Second World War, Carrington ended up in the 1940s as part of the circle of Surrealist European emigres living in Mexico City. Close friends with Luis Bunuel, Benjamin Peret, Octavio Paz and a host of both expatriate Surrealists and Mexican modernists, Carrington was at the centre of Mexican cultural life, while still maintaining her European connections. "Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art" provides a fascinating overview of this intriguing artist's rich body of work. The author considers Carrington's preoccupation with alchemy and the occult, and explores the influence of indigenous Mexican culture and beliefs on her production.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lund Humphries (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848220561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848220560
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 24.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'full of stunning colour reproductions of Carrington's visionary art, whose hybrid forms borrow from nature, culture and religion in order to take themselves beyond all three. A beautiful book.' ----- Ali Smith, The Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Susan L. Aberth received her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; her dissertation was on the art of Leonora Carrington. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Bard College, New York, where she specializes in Latin American Art.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite art book for 2010 14 Dec 2011
This book is BRILLIANT! Big pictures of a high quality and lots of them too. I love Leonora's work and this book does it justice. Recommended if you like any surrealist/dreamy/fantasy art work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 16 Jan 2014
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I am new to the work of Leonora Carrington. This is a wonderful introduction to her imagery and biography. Surrealist imagination with lovely colour plates.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A breath-taking portfolio of work 17 July 2013
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It seems that the young Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) came from an elite society background, which disapproved of her painting, and disapproved even more of what she was painting and the company she mixed with. This important book will give those unfamiliar with her work an opportunity to quickly appreciate how she was one of the true giants of the surrealist movement in modern art.

She left her native England and spent some time in mainland Europe before finally settling in Mexico. Her works and career are far better known in North America, Japan, and other places than they are in her homeland. While other more household names like Dali and Picasso were socialising and deliberately seeking publicity, she was quietly working away at her easel. Leonora Carrington's ability to combine her painterly skill with a talent for visualising strange and exotic scenes take us into a world that lies beyond the conscious mind, in an effective and rewarding way, which Susan L. Aberth's book helpfully and sympathetically explores. There are lots of images, accompanied by some well-written narrative which details her background, life experiences, outlook, processes, and impact.

Published as a paperback in 2010, including notes and index the book runs to around 150 pages. At just slightly wider than A4 size, this makes it a comfortable book to be able to hold without becoming tiring too quickly. Many of the images are full-page, but several are not - but everything is large enough to be able to enjoy a good close-up study. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read about a fascinating woman. 9 July 2013
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This is a really lovely book. Lots of good illustrations & much description of the symbolism within her work. Leonora Carrington had a fascinating & at times turbulent life. A wonderful insight into her magical & mystical world of surrealism. Susan Aberth gives much information about the first half of LC's life, though I felt is straggled off after that. I would have liked to have known more about the older woman & her life in Mexico.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Leonora! 8 Mar 2014
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A completely captivating, fascinating biopic - totally inspiring book. a great insight into this unique surreallist artist, a good collection of full page pictures and the authors intepretation of her work. Great value.
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