Leonora CarringtonDo You Know My Aunt Eliza? 1941

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Artist
Leonora Carrington (1917‑2011)
Title
Do You Know My Aunt Eliza?
Date 1941
MediumInk on paper
Dimensionssupport: 270 x 207 mm frame: 627 x 455 x 30 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2004
Reference
T11911
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Summary

At the age of nineteen Leonora Carrington discovered Surrealism through Herbert Read’s book on the movement (Surrealism, London 1936). She was drawn into the movement’s orbit through her relationship with Max Ernst (1891-1976), developing her own richly individual imagery that grew out of her childhood obsessions (see also I am an Amateur of Velocipedes T11910). In the period 1937-41, added impetus came from the tensions engendered by Ernst’s rejected wife, Marie-Berthe Aurenche, and then by his imprisonment on the declaration of war. Escaping occupied France, Carrington crossed into Spain in a state of mental collapse and eventually reached Portugal in 1941, only to encounter Ernst travelling with the American collector Peggy Guggenheim to New York… (read more)

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