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To what extent did Irish culture impact on Leonora Carrington’s writing and fantastic imagery? Sean Kissane explores the connections as the retrospective at IMMA continues.
The work of English artist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) is little-known in Ireland. Aside from a small sculpture recently donated to IMMA by the Mexican Government, no work is held in public collections in this country. She is not on any of the school or university curricula, and yet every study made of her work asserts the importance which her Irish background held for her and the construction of her myriad images – both in word and painting.