1917 2011

Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was an English-born Mexican painter and author, and an important representative of the Surrealist movement in the country. She was also very active in the women’s liberation movement during the 1970s.

She lived in multiple countries throughout her life, including France, Spain, and the United States, but Mexico was the one she loved the most and where she spent a considerable amount of time. Her paintings are inspired by magical realism and symbolism, and female sexuality was an important theme. Her 1973 work Mujeres Conciencia was a powerful symbol of the women’s movement in Mexico.


In today’s episode of “Patsy Mount Is A Gay Nerd” (Or: your resident art history nerd looks into things) We look at the pictures that were above her bed. 

  1.  First of all, a picture of Marlene Dietrich, (In a suit!)  A bisexual actress (1901-1992)
  2. A picture of Ingrid Bergman, also an actress. (1915-1982) 
  3. Painting by Tamara de Lempicka, Self portrait in the green Bugatti (1929) used in season 4, but in season 5 replaced by -> 
  4. Painting by Tamara de Lempicka, Young lady with gloves (1930), Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) was a Bisexual artist who lived in Bohemian Paris (Among other places) 
  5.  A picture of Marilyn Monroe, actress (1926-1962) Rumored to also be bisexual. 
  6.  The two Fridas (1939) By Bisexual artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) 
  7.  The Giantess /or: The guardian of the egg (1950) by artist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) Founder member of the women’s liberation movement in Mexico in the 70′s and  was interested in presenting female sexuality as she experienced it, rather than as that of male surrealists’ characterization of female sexuality. 
  8. And lastly, Dancers (1910) by bisexual artist Duncan Grant (1885-1978)
  9. (pictures used to find things) 

In conclusion:  Patsy knows her gays and is also a nerd.

or: sneaky pats puts naked ladies on her wall in the name of art


Leonora Carrington OBE (6 April 1917 – 25 May 2011) was an English-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. She lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, and was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s.

Leonora Carrington was also a founding member of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s

Following the escape to Lisbon, Carrington arranged passage out of Europe with Renato Leduc, a Mexican Ambassador. Leduc was a friend of Pablo Picasso, and agreed to marry Carrington just for the travel arrangements.

Events from this period continued to inform her work. She lived and worked in Mexico after spending part of the 1960s in New York City.

While in Mexico, she was asked, in 1963, to create a mural which she named El Mundo Magico de los Mayas, and which was influenced by folk stories from the region.

The mural is now located in the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City.

Carrington designed Mujeres conscienscia (1973), a poster, for the Women’s Liberation movement in Mexico, depicting a ‘new eve’.

Carrington, personally and primarily focused on psychic freedom, understood that such freedom could not be achieved until political freedom is also accomplished.

Through these beliefs, Carrington understood that “greater cooperation and sharing of knowledge between politically active women in Mexico and North America” was important for emancipation.

Carrington’s political commitment led to her winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women’s Caucus for Art convention in New York in 1986.

I didn’t have time to be anyone’s muse… I was too busy rebelling against my family and learning to be an artist.