Publication Date: 21/05/2021 ISBN: 9781526153937 Category:

The Invisible Painting

Gabriel Weisz Carrington, Paul De Angelis, Paul de Angelis Book Development, Jonathan P. Eburne

Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: 21/05/2021 ISBN: 9781526153937 Category:




Since her death in 2011, the legendary Surrealist Leonora Carrington has been reconstructed and reinvented many times over. In this book, Gabriel Weisz Carrington draws on remembered conversations and events to demythologise his mother, revealing the woman and the artist behind the iconic persona.

He travels between Leonora’s native England and adopted homeland of Mexico, making stops in New York and Paris and meeting some of the remarkable figures she associated with, from Max Ernst and Andre Breton to Remedios Varo and Alejandro Jodorowsky. At the same time, he strives to depict a complex and very real Surrealist creator, exploring Leonora not simply in relation to her romantic partners or social milieus but as the artist she always was.

A textured portrait emerges from conversations, memories, stories and Leonora’s engagement with the books that she read. Using the act of writing to process and understand the death of his mother, the author has produced a moving and fascinating account of life, art, love and loss. — .

Publisher Review

'An enchanting portrait of what it was like to grow up as Leonora's son - here, too, as in some of her paintings, the domestic and the fantastical are tightly, wonderfully, intertwined.' Chloe Aridjis, author of Sea Monsters 'Gabriel Weisz Carrington's gentle, grieving memoir of his mother allows us a glimpse of their extraordinary life together in Mexico City. It is a life enchanted by art and anchored by love, a wild, irreverent love for all the world's creatures, passed on from mother to son, and now, from son to reader.' Merve Emre, Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford 'Utterly exhilarating and poetically accurate. A vital addition to Leonora Carrington studies. The invisible painting wilfully debunks existing myths around the official Carrington family narrative. The preface by Jonathan P. Eburne also paints a glowing portrait of Gabriel Weisz Carrington as someone "deliciously weird" - a creative intellectual in his own right.' Catriona McAra, author of The medium of Leonora Carrington 'To spend time with this book is to spend time with Leonora Carrington - a pure delight from start to finish.' Viktor Wynd, author of The UnNatural History Museum -- .

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