Leonora Carrington (British 1917 – 2011)

Leonora Carrington is a Mexican Surrealist Artist who was born in Britian in 1917 and died this year, 2011. She met artist Max Ernst in London and escaped the NAZI occupation of Paris she fled to Mexico City. She is one of the top three female surrealist artists of all time and remained in Mexico for the rest of her life.

Her paintings are very detailed and they portray a secret or obscured aspect of the world. She uses many symbols and ritual shapes to express the mystical order and activities in the universe that most people do not notice. She was very well educated in europe but left it all to pursue art and express her point of view.


She wrote and illustrated this children’s book in 1977 and she also made sculptures and masks for theatre.

“You may not believe in magic but something very strange is happening at this very moment. Your head has dissolved into thin air and I can see the rhododendrons through your stomach. It’s not that you are dead or anything dramatic like that, it is simply that you are fading away and I can’t even remember your name.”
-Leonora Carrington The Hearing Trumpet

“We went down into the silent garden.
Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.” -Leonora Carrington

4 thoughts on “Leonora Carrington (British 1917 – 2011)”

  1. Hallo! My name is Leszek. My english is not good – sorry. Shes painting is amazing. She is childe of the God. Maby not here, but she is still life. My hart belong to Leonora Carrington.

  2. Es alucinante ,las texturas de su trabajo super trabajadas , impactante, estoy leyendo el libro de elena Poniatiwska (Leonora) es muy bonito lo recomiedno a todo el q les gusta el surrealismo y personalemnte esta artista….ha logrado q me conecte con mi ser profundo…sus cuadro tienen algo muy inocente no se…I loved her .

    1. Translation:

      It’s amazing, the textures of his super impressive work, I am reading the book elena Poniatiwska (Leonora) is very nice recommendation those who like surrealism and personally this artist has managed to connect with me my deepest being … your box have something not so innocent … I loved her.

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