i have to agree some surrealist have been in mental institutes....
this is Leonora Carrington
(little bio) http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/
courses/EdPsy387-Sp95/Steven- Clark/project/Carrington/ Carrington.html
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of British birth but living in Mexico for a great amount of time, after she spend some time in an institution. she is one of the original female surrealist. she was mostly inspired by the Celtic mythology she heard of as a kid as well as worlds of fantasy, magic and alchemy. in her work she represent travels not unlike fairytales. she was also a follower of women movements in the 70's. i can't say she had a defined style, she worked with pastels, watercolors, oils, and even ink. of that she took great liking of a style over another, or certain lighting to join her work. but rather the hidden meanings and encapsulated stories even some that i'm sure we can't even imagine.
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