Artsy Group Biographies: Lives of the Surrealists and Muse

I've been in the mood for these lately! It started with a visit last fall to the Sammlung Scharf Gerstenberg, a collection of surrealist art close to our Berlin apartment. In the bookshop there I found Desmond Morris's The Lives of the Surrealists. Morris, a painter (and zoologist!) himself, is one of the last surviving... Continue Reading →

Art History Detective Story Uncovers Snapshots from the Life of Dora Maar, the “Weeping Woman”

Finding Dora Maar, by Brigitte Benkemoun, translated from French by Jody Gladding (Amazon / Book Depository) Author Brigitte Benkemoun's husband lost his Hermes agenda so she bought him a vintage replacement on eBay. When it arrived, she noticed that its old pages were intact. They dated back to 1951, an address book filled with a... Continue Reading →

A Surrealist Writes Her Madness

Book review: Down Below,┬áby Leonora Carrington A strange, surreal account of painter, sculptor and writer Leonora Carrington's 1943 stay in a Spanish mental institution after descending into mental illness. An English transplant to France where the Surrealist movement had found fertile ground, Carrington wrote this short book, actually more like an extended essay, as a... Continue Reading →

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