Surreal Spaces

Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington

Art & Design , Entertainment
Hardback Published on: 01/06/2023
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Surreal Spaces
An important art monograph of another hidden artist
First of all I have to give a huge thanks to Thames & Hudson for sending me a copy of this to read and review. I’d only recently found Leonora Carrington ... READ MORE
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Surreal Spaces
Absolutely loved this!
I really enjoyed this book on the life and art of Leonora Carrington. She was part of the surrealist movement and lived most of her life in Mexico. The aut... READ MORE
Alexandra Watts
Surreal Spaces
You will want more Carrington after this...
From rural England to Paris, New York, Chicago and her final home in Mexico – ‘Surreal Spaces’ follows Leonora Carrington from a privileged childhood and w... READ MORE
Surreal Spaces
a book that is both lovely and informative
A very readable biography of a fascinating person. It is beautifully produced. I had been wanting a good book on her for some time and now I have it. Lo... READ MORE
Surreal Spaces
Am important artist and a beautiful biography.
A huge thanks to the publishers for sending me a copy of this fascinating book. I love art and books about art but, and I hate to admit this, I’d never ... READ MORE
Kerry-Anne from Waterstones Newry


An illustrated biography of the remarkable and pioneering artist Leonora Carrington, told through the houses and locations that had meaning for her and are fundamental to an understanding of her work.An evocative visual chronicle on the life of Leonora Carrington as seen through interiors, international locations and vintage photographs, this book leads the reader on a personal journey through the many spaces she inhabited and which infused and haunted her art and the people she knew.Long underrated, Carrington is now considered as one of the vanguard, not only in histories of women artists but also Surrealism; her interests – feminism, ecology and life-enhancing art – are now shared by many. Challenging the conventions of her time, Carrington abandoned family, society and England to embrace new experiences and mix with artists in Europe and America, and to forge her own unique artistic style.From Lancashire to London, Cornwall to France and Spain, then to Mexico, New York and finally back to Mexico, each place and interior became etched in her memory – whether her grandmother’s kitchen with its giant stove, Parisian cafés, a rural French hideaway, the sanatorium in Santander or her Mexican sanctuary – only to be echoed, sometimes decades later, in her paintings and writings. ‘Houses are really bodies,’ she wrote in her novella The Hearing Trumpet (1974), ‘We connect ourselves with walls, roofs, and objects just as we hang on to our livers, skeletons, flesh and blood streams.’

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780500025512
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 800g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 165 mm

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Surreal Spaces
I first heard Joanna Moorhead being interviewed by Katy Hessel on The Great Women Artists podcast. Moorhead is a second cousin of the artist Leonora Carrin... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley