Mexico City – Anglo-Mexican painter and sculptor Leonora Carrington died of pneumonia at a hospital in this capital, sources with the National Council for Culture and the Arts, or Conaculta, confirmed to Efe on Thursday. She was 94.
Conaculta spokespeople said that the artist died Wednesday night.
Born on April 6, 1917, to a wealthy family in Chorley, England, Carrington had lived since the 1940s in Mexico, a country in which she lived far from the spotlight.
Conaculta president Consuelo Saizar sent her condolences to the artist's family via Twitter.
"For Gaby and Pablo Weisz Carrington a hug as big as the enormous light of Leonora Carrington," she wrote.
For a number of years, Carrington was the companion of painter Max Ernst (1891-1976) and she traveled with him to Paris, where she got to know key artists of the Surrealist movement like Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso.
Some of Carrington's outstanding works included "La giganta," "Queria ser pajaro," "Laberinto," "El despertar," "Y entonces vi a la hija del Minotauro" and "El juglar."
As a little girl, she became familiar with the Celtic myths, the themes from which are very much present in her paintings and theatrical works and to which she added the magical and fantastic worlds she discovered in Mexico, a country that had an enormous influence on her work due to its wide variety of indigenous and pre-Columbian cultures.
Recently, Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, whose novel, "Leonora," was inspired by the artist's life, said she considered Carrington to be a figure "as great" as Frida Kahlo.
"I think that (Carrington) is (getting) stronger and stronger and that she's going to be more powerful with the passage of time. She is, in truth, as unique as Frida Kahlo was in her epoch," the author told Efe.