Leonora Carrington

Giulia Ingarao


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Mimesis International
1 March 2022
ISBN: 9788869773938
200 pages

From the publisher

In her youth, Leonora Carrington (1917 – 2011) was a runaway English debutante and a fledgling Surrealist in prewar Paris. In her old age she was a mainstay of Mexican art. The Image of Dreams is the story of Carrington’s journey between those worlds: her flight from English high society, her idyllic amour fou with Max Ernst before the outbreak of war, the abyss of madness and institutionalisation, her arrival on the New York scene and, finally, her settling in Mexico. Giulia Ingarao charts Carrington’s evolution as an artist, from imaginative early constructions to the fantastical mythography of her adulthood. Invigorated by Mexican culture, she created original and rarefied creations that fused her profound knowledge of the Italian Renaissance with the hybrid figures of Surrealism and the language of esotericism and alchemy. This perceptive and engrossing study situates Carrington’s artistic and personal journey within the wider canvas of twentieth-century history. Her works are analysed against their various cultural and contextual backdrops, a reading enriched by the input of the Artist herself, whom Ingarao consulted over many encounters during the last years of her life.