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According to Palencia, Leonora Carrington is unique among Surrealist painters because she knows how to harmonize, combine, and fuse the naïve aspects of primitive art with the modern expression of André Breton. The critic says that Carrington expresses her emotions clearly, "with the clarity and immaculate simplicity of a primitive." Palencia thinks that explains why her art is "eminently lyrical, with great poetic heights," especially in the way she uses color. Palencia senses a hint of the unknown—in her painting and her essays—that is expressed through the trademark sensibility and fantasy that distinguish her work. 


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In 1950, after having lived in our country for seven years, the English artist Leonora Carrington (1917) had her first solo exhibition in Mexico, at the Galería Clardecor. Response to her work was, on the whole, very encouraging, and the reviews in the press for the next few months showed that the critics liked her work. As with Remedios Varo (1908-63), when Carrington came to Mexico she was preceded by the success of the Surrealist exhibition promoted by Wolfgang Paalen at the Galería de Arte Mexicano (GAM) in 1940. Carrington’s connections in Surrealist circles were therefore helpful in opening certain doors that had long been closed to Mexican artists. 

Mireida Velázquez: CURARE A. C.
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Courtesy of Carlos Alberto Palencia García, Mexico City, México

Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional