Kevin Jackson

Escape Artist

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington


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Leonora Carrington’s inner life was a thing of wonder, but success of a worldly kind came very late to her. Having walked away from her wealthy, philistine Lancashire family when barely out of her teens, she spent most of her eventful life in genteel, and sometimes severe, poverty. Almost no one in her native country knew much about her – at best, she was mentioned as a minor player among the pioneer Surrealists. She only began to exhibit paintings, in her adopted home, Mexico, when she was in her forties.

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