Art, Biography

Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington By Michelle Markel

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Back of Book:
Ever since she was a little girl, Leonora Carrington loved to draw on walls, in books, on paper—and she loved the fantastic tales her grandmother told that took her to worlds that shimmered beyond this one, where legends became real.
Leonora’s parents wanted her to become a proper English lady, but there was only one thing she wanted, even if it was unsuitable: to be an artist. In London, she discovered a group of artists called surrealists, who were stunning the world with their mysterious creations. This was the kind of art she had to make. This was the kind of person she had to be.
From life in Paris creating art alongside Max Ernst, to Mexico where she met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Leonora’s life became intertwined with powerful events and people that shaped the twentieth century.

I received a copy of this picture book from author Michelle Markel in exchange for an honest review.

Michelle has created a stunning and eye-opening picture book biography about Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. The story follows her life from childhood to an adult. When she discovers the art of Surrealism, Leonora also discovers her passion and her calling. I love that the text refers to other prominent female artists like Remedios Varo. It allows readers to learn about the Surrealist time period. The illustrations by Amanda Hall beautifully capture the art and colors of the Surrealist Movement. The back of the book has author and illustrator notes sharing with readers more about the process of capturing Leonora’s life. This is an excellent book to share with anyone with a true appreciation of art.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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