Leonora Carrington

Transference

1963

Artist
Leonora Carrington 1917–2011
Original title
Transferencia
Medium
Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 570 × 1030 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Americas Foundation, purchased with assistance from the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2017, accessioned 2021
Reference
T15725

Display caption

This is a portrait of Dr Abraham Fortes. He appears several times in the painting. Fortes was Carrington's therapist in the early 1960s. The title of the work refers to a process that can occur in therapy. Transference is when a patient’s feelings about one person are redirected towards another, often their therapist. Carrington also includes references to Zodiac symbols and the art of Ancient Egypt. These reflect her interest in myth, animals and symbols. She often painted dream-like scenes with figures from literature, the Bible and Greek mythology.

Gallery label, June 2021

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