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Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist

  • 2017
  • Documentary

Summary

Profile of the English surrealist artist, who was a key figure in the movement's heyday in 1930s Paris, but remained a virtual unknown in the UK having moved to Mexico.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

“She walked in another world”. A friend of surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, who was born in England in 1917 but spent most of her life in Mexico, captures her talent succinctly. Brought up to be a debutante, she escaped her family’s expectations to go to art school, and became part of the surrealist movement in mid-1930s Paris, painting colourful, beautiful, mysterious dreamscapes. But war and mental health issues tore her world apart and she sought refuge in Mexico, where she spent most of the rest of her life. She died in 2011.

There aren’t that many well-known women surrealist artists (interestingly, photographer Lee Miller’s son is one of those interviewed in this fascinating profile), so this is a welcome recognition for one who should be far better celebrated.

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DirectorTeresa Griffiths
EditorAdam Finch
Executive producerAngus McQueen
Executive producerEmma Cahusac
ProducerRachel Hooper

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