Joanna Moorhead’s The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington is issued today, one hundred years to the day since said life began. As I mentioned back in January, Carrington’s centenary is being marked by numerous publications; to the list offered then I would add The Debutante and Other Stories, a collection of Carrington’s fiction also out today as the first release by Silver Press.
Carrington’s biographer first encountered her subject as a family secret; the British artist and writer was Moorhead’s cousin. Around ten years ago she was astonished to discover that the woman for whom her other relatives could summon few good words – dismissing her as a model – was actually a greatly (if belatedly) respected artist. And that she had lived an extraordinary life in which she encountered many household names of 20th century art. More amazing still, she found out that Carrington was still alive and living in Mexico, where she had emigrated during the Second World War. Before Carrington died in 2011, Moorhead met up with her and managed to record at first hand the course of a life lived with passion, ingenuity and originality. Find out more in the video below:
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