Bird Bath by Leonora Carrington

Bird Bath by Leonora Carrington

Bird Bath
Colour serigraph on paper
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, USA

Carrington added portrayals of older women to her visual vocabulary of repeated settings and figures late in her career. In “Bird Bath” the structure in the background recalls Crookhey Hall, Carrington’s childhood home. In the foreground, an older woman dressed in black sprays red paint onto a surprised-looking bird. The large basin of water and a clean white cloth held by her assistant allude to the Christian ritual of baptism.

Leonora Carrington 1917-2011

Leonora Carrington
Born: 6 April 1917, Lancashire, England
Nationality: British
Died: 25 May 2011, Mexico City, Mexico

Carrington was an artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. For most of her adult life in Mexico City and was one of the last surviving members of the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. She was a founding member of the women’s liberation movement in Mexico during the 1970s