Leonora CarringtonI am an Amateur of Velocipedes 1941

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Artist
Leonora Carrington (1917‑2011)
Title
I am an Amateur of Velocipedes
Date 1941
MediumInk on paper
Dimensionssupport: 270 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2004
Reference
T11910
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Summary

As with so many artists associated with Surrealism in the 1930s, Leonora Carrington found that the contact brought the liberation of personal imagery rather than any stylistic conformity. This is evident in the intricate draughtsmanship and idiosyncratic subject matter seen in I am an Amateur of Velocipedes, and in Do you know my Aunt Eliza? (T11911), another drawing from the same moment.

Art was a manifestation of Carrington’s revolt against her privileged Catholic upbringing in Lancashire. Having studied painting in London with the theorist of Purism, Amédée Ozenfant, it was through Herbert Read’s Surrealism (1936), published at the time of the International Surrealist Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, that she became aware of the movement and of the work of Max Ernst (1891-1976) in particular… (read more)

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