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Serendipity: Women In the Surrealist Movement

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the first in a series by Lucie, a second year student at Agnes Scott.

Women In the Surrealist Movement: Leonora Carrington

As a visually driven person, I am determined to find sources that make us feel differently about the world around us. My weekly contributions to the McCain blog will connect art and photography to library resources and collections.


Born: April 6, 1917
Died: May 25, 2011
On view: Museum of Latin American Art
Image Source: The Art Story

Leonora Carrington was a British born painter and author most notably recognized for her artistic contributions during the Surrealist movement. Her paintings show classic  themes of magical realism and alchemy all the while depicting a unique perspective of female sexuality as opposed to a traditional male artist’s depiction of women as muses . Her works were largely unknown in the US and her native Britain, until recognition began to build in the mid-1980s.

For further biographical information: The Guardian  / The Art Story

My Favorite Images:


“And then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur” (1953)


Sissigy” (1957)


Books that reference her in the McCain Library:

Title: Lilus Kikus

Author: Elena Poniatowska ; ilustraciones de Leonora Carrington

Location: Stack 2 /  PQ7297.P63 L5 1991


Title: A woman’s gaze: Latin American women artists

Location: Ground Floor / NX501.5 .W66 1998


Title: Surrealism and Women

Location: Ground Floor /  NX456.5.S8 S87 1995


Title: Latin American artists in their studios

Author: Marie-Pierre Colle

Location: Folio – Floor 3 / N6502 .C55 1994


Title: Voicing our visions : writings by women artists

Location: Ground Floor. / N8354 .V6 1992


Arstor features 77 high-resolution images of Leonora Carrington’s work, including paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, installations and drawings.

ProQuest Art & Humanities Database features 66 scholarly journals, 34 magazine articles and 11 trade journals about Leonora Carrington.

2 thoughts on “Serendipity: Women In the Surrealist Movement

  1. Thank you, Lesley. We will definitely explore the possibility of adding a few of the titles mentioned to McCain’s collection!

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