The English artist Leonora Carrington, representative of the Surrealist movement who came to Mexico fleeing the Nazis, died in Mexico City at age 94, causing consternation in the Mexican cultural world, which announced a massive tribute of fine arts.
The death occurred Wednesday night, said Conaculta (National Council for Culture and the Arts) in her official Twitter account. Carrington died of a respiratory disease in the English hospital, relatives said for hes part, told reporters.
Been born in April of 1917 in a well-off family of England, the writer, painter and sculptor arrived at Mexico in 1942, but from 1968 she alternated her residence between City of Mexico, Chicago and New York, and presented/displayed her work in individual exhibitions as much as collective around the world, she emphasized Conculta in an official notice.
"It was regarded as a legend of surrealism. Always avoided talking about hes paintings and sculptures, as she ensures that issues are very difficult to explain,"says the text. Some of the Carrington works adorn the Paseo de la Reforma, the most important avenues of Mexico City.
A month ago, the Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska launched in Madrid a fictionalized version of life in Mexico Carrington and inaugurated a retrospective exhibition of his prolific work . "Not only was a great artist but also a precursor of the feminist movement to make visible the role of women in art, " she told the press the writer Poniatowska, after learning of her death.
Carrington rubbed elbows with art figures such as Salvador Dali,, Joan Miro, Luis Bunuel and Pablo Picasso . In her twenties she moved to Paris where she lived an intense love affair with the surrealist painter , 26 years older than she was suspended when he, of German origin, was arrested and sent to a concentration camp.
Leonora then fell into a deep depression and began a campaign to denounce Hitler, but ended up being admitted to a psychiatric clinic in Santander (Spain). Carrington escaped from the psychiatric and called for help at the Embassy of Mexico in Lisbon writer and journalist Mexican Renato Leduc, who supported her to travel first to New York and then to Mexico where she settled in 1942 and spent most of his life.
"She was not at all crazy, she was faced with the war and were mad they did not understand the danger of war envisioned. She caught a glimpse of Hitler more than anyone," Poniatowska said the AFP in a recent interview with for the presentation of the biographical book.
The remains were buried on Thursday afternoon and next weekend, announced CONACULTA, she was paid a tribute to Mexico often given to personalities of art and culture at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
It is expected that thousands of people attend this historic venue to bring flowers, candles and messages, compared to some of the most representative works of the artist, said Consuelo Saiz, Director of Conaculta.