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May 28th, 2011 by Leo Plaw Other language versions  

Leonora Carrington Dies Age 94

Leonora Carrington with Max Ernst

Leonora Carrington with Max Ernst

The surrealist painter and sculptor Leonora Carrington died age 94 years in Mexico City. The British artist had been taken to hospital in Mexico City on Thursday night because of pneumonia, her spokesman Isaac Masri said.

In years gone by, she was for a time the lover of Max Ernst. As an art student in 1937 she met in Paris the 26 year older Max Ernst. She later lived with him in Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche in a remote farmhouse, until his arrest in 1940 after the occupation of France during World War II.  Through him she met Dali, Breton and Picass. Carrington, who was born in 1917 in the British county of Lancashire, lived since the 40’s in Mexico until her death.

While fleeing to America through the Mexican Embassy in Lisbon, she met the Mexican diplomat Renato Leduc, who agreed to a marriage of convenience to help her leave Europe. In Mexico, she later met the photographer Emericko Weisz, with whom she had two children.

In 2005 she received the “Medalla de Oro de Bellas Artes” (Fine Arts Gold Medal). On her 90th birthday the Mexican government officially declared her artwork to be “national heritage”.

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