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Leonora Carrington OBE

Leonora Carrington - Attended New Hall School 1928-1932

Leonora Carrington
Leonora Carrington
Leonora Carrington was a British-born Mexican artist, a surrealist painter and novelist. She was born in Lancashire but lived most of her life in Mexico City. She studied at New Hall School from 1928 where she developed a love of art, before attending Mrs Penrose's Academy of Art in Florence, the Chelsea School of Art in London and the Ozenfant Academy in London.
Leonora enjoyed a diverse and colourful life. She moved to Paris at the age of 19, where she was often in the company of artists such as Picasso and Bunuel, Dali, Man Ray, Miro and Breton. At the age of 23 she moved back to England for a short time, before moving to New York and then to Mexico City, where she remained until her death in 2011.
She had her first solo show at Pierre Matisse's gallery in New York in 1947 and by 1960 she was a well-regarded artist in Mexico and Europe. Leonora Carrington was one of the last living surrealist painters of her era. In 2005, Christies auctioned Carrington's 'Juggler' which set a new record for the highest price paid at auction for a living surrealist painter, selling for $713,000.

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