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Leonora Carrington, And Then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur!, 1953, oil on canvas, 23 3⁄5 × 27 1⁄2".

Leonora Carrington

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Leonora Carrington’s backstory is just as remarkable as her work. Born in 1917, the rebellious British textile heiress and art-school dropout had a passionate affair in her youth with Max Ernst, an elder statesman of the twentieth-century avant-garde. The mounting pressures of World War II seemed to parallel her own ascending audacity: After she was separated from Ernst by his internment in France, Carrington threatened to kill Hitler while at the British embassy in Madrid. Sometime thereafter, she entered a mental institution in Santander, Spain; the experience was traumatizing. By 1942, she had found artistic and political refuge in a milieu of native and European émigré Surrealists in Mexico City; she would spend most of her life there until her death in 2011. In addition to scores of paintings and sculptures, she also left behind bracingly strange and deadpan-funny works of short

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