Leonora Carrington



In Tate Modern

Leonora Carrington 1917–2011
Oil paint on fibreboard
Support: 913 × 373 × 5 mm
frame: 1017 × 475 × 40 mm
Lent from a private collection 2009
On long term loan

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Whilst informed by theories of the unconscious mind, Carrington developed a personal language of Surrealism which extended beyond Freud. She attributes her affinity with the movement both to the Irish folktales recounted by her nanny and the imaginative inner world of her mother, whom she described as a ‘complete mythologist’. Having been involved with the Surrealists in Paris before the Second World War, she settled in Mexico in 1942. This new, visionary stage in her work was influenced by Early Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450 - 1516) and by her interest in alchemical imagery. Eluhim, the title of this work, is a Hebrew word for ‘God’ or ‘gods’. 

Gallery label, January 2022

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