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Remedios Varo






 

Remedios Varo

Remedios Varo (1908 - 1963) was a Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter. She was born in
Anglés Cataluna, Spain in 1908 and died from a heart-attack in Mexico City in 1963. During the Spanish Civil War she fled to Paris where she was largely influenced by the surrealist movement. She met in Barcelona the french surrealist poet Benjamin Péret and became his wife. She was forced into exile from Paris during the Nazi occupation of France and moved to Mexico City at the end of 1941. She initially considered Mexico a temporary haven, but would remain in Latin America for the rest of her life.

In Mexico she met native artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. However, her strongest ties would be to other exiles and expatriates, and especially her extraordinary friendship with the English painter Leonora Carrington. Her last major relationship would be with Walter Gruen, an Austrian who had endured concentration camps before escaping Europe. Gruen believed fiercely in Varo, and gave her the support that allowed her to fully concentrate on her painting.

After 1949 Varo developed into her mature and remarkable style, which remains beautifully enigmatic and instantly recognizable. She often worked in oil on masonite panels she prepared herself. Although her colors have the blended resonance of the oil medium, her brushwork often involved many fine strokes of paint laid closely together - a technique more reminiscent of egg tempera. She died at the height of her career.

Her work continues to achieve successful retrospectives at major sites in Mexico and the United States.



 


Dolor reumático I


 


Dolor reumático II


 


Emigrantes


 


Gitana y arlequín


 


Hacia la torre


 


La despedida


 


La huida


 


La tarea


 


Les feuilles mortes


 


Locomoción acuática


 


Ritos extranos


 


Robo de sustancia


 



Roulotte


 


Tailleur pour dames


 


Taxi acuático


 


Tejido espacio-tiempo


 


Visita al cirujano plástico


 


Visita inesperada


 


Vuelo mágico


 


Ascensión al monte análago


 


Exploración de las fuentes del río Orinoco
 

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