Ordeal for Owain, 1959
Leonora Carrington's work is filled with fantastical characters, dreamlike scenes, and symbols, as is characteristic of surrealism. She had an interest in magic and the occult. As a young child, she listened to the Celtic folklore told to her by her Irish nanny, and she incorporated elements of Aztec and Mayan culture into her art when she moved to Mexico. The work Ordeal for Owain displays her interest in magic. It features fantastical creatures that resemble humans, which is characteristic of Carrington's art, engaging in some sort of alchemy.
Who art thou, White Face?, 1959
Who art thou, White Face? also shows Carrington's ability to create interesting magical creatures. Carrington also incorporated personal symbolism into her works that she preferred not to explain. The title of this work is an unanswered question, leaving the audience to ponder what it means.
Beasts Portfolio, 1998
These sketches, entitled Beasts, show a different side of Carrington's work. Carrington captured the dark times of her mental illness in her artwork.
I started out by browsing surrealist artists because I really like the strange, dreamlike images of surrealism. I find them very interesting to look at, and I think some of the fantastical imagery describes human emotion better than realistic imagery does. Leonora Carrington caught my attention because she emerged as a notable female artist, which was difficult at the time. I think her biography is very interesting, and her paintings are thought-provoking and beautiful.
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