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Carrington has seen the seedbed for her receptivity to Surrealism in the Irish folktales recounted by her nanny and in the imaginative world of her mother, whom she described as a ‘complete mythologist’. Her paintings often incorporate fantastical creatures. Having been involved with the Surrealists in Paris before the Second World War, she settled in Mexico in 1942, initiating a new visionary stage in her work influenced by Hieronymous Bosch and by her interest in alchemical imagery. Eluhim, the title of this work, is the Hebrew word for ‘God’ or ‘gods’.

March 2011