Litany of the Philosophers, 1959 by Leonora Carrington (April 6, 1917 - May 25, 2011)
By Daniel Hernandez
Leonora Carrington, a leading figure of the Surrealist movement and perhaps the last great living Mexican artist, died on May 25, in Mexico City, the government said. She was 94.
She was best known for her eerie rituals with cloaked figures in forests, dancing deer with trees growing from their backs, and breathing buildings that shot planets and stars.
Carrington painted, drew, made sculptures, and wrote fiction and plays over a career that spanned much of the 20th century and featured affairs and friendships with some of the greatest artists of her time. Surrealist painter Max Ernst was an early lover in Paris. Remedios Varo was a close friend and fellow female painter in the vibrant artist community of Mexico City in the 1940s and 1950s.
Surrealist Andre Breton and filmmaker Luis Bunuel were also among her acquaintances and contemporaries, and she sometimes brushed up against the tumultuous lives of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.