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High Priestess

Leonora Carrington, Mexican (born Britain), (April 6, 1917–May 25, 2011)

Creation date: ca. 1973
Creation place: Mexico

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Type: Etching
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Kevin and Tamara Kinsella
Accession Number: 2005.97
Dimensions: 8 7/16 in. x 3 3/8 in. (21.43 cm x 8.57 cm)
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Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California ( - August 24, 2005)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 24, 2005 - )

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September 2006
Paper Traces
Yearning to escape the rigidity of her upper class English background, Leonora Carrington found refuge in artistic and personal partnerships-first in France with Max Ernst and later in Mexico with Emeric Weisz. She explored the language and principles of Surrealism in her writings and artworks. The centrality of the female subject to Carrington's work corresponds to her satirical critiques of the notion of the male sex being representative of all human experience. Carrington's females are rarely self-portraits: instead, they are powerful priestesses with an ancient knowledge of magic and alchemy, such transformative abilities evoking their once central role in society.
Last Updated: 6/4/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Paper Traces: Latin American Prints and Drawings from the Collection at SDMA San Diego Museum of Art , 9/23/2006 - 12/31/2006

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


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