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Title:
Out of this world : the surreal art of Leonora Carrington / written by Michelle Markel ; illustrated by Amanda Hall.
ISBN:
9780062441096
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

©2019
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : coloured illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm.
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Out of This World is the powerful, stunningly told story of Leonora Carrington, a girl who made art out of her imagination and created some of the most enigmatic and startling works of the last eighty years.
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Interest age level: 4-8.
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A gorgeously illustrated picture book biography about the fascinating life of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, from Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall, the acclaimed team behind The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau.

Ever since she was a little girl, Leonora Carrington loved to draw on walls, in books, on paper--and she loved the fantastic tales her grandmother told that took her to worlds that shimmered beyond this one, where legends became real.

Leonora's parents wanted her to become a proper English lady, but there was only one thing she wanted, even if it was unsuitable: to be an artist. In London, she discovered a group of artists called surrealists, who were stunning the world with their mysterious creations. This was the kind of art she had to make. This was the kind of person she had to be.

From life in Paris creating art alongside Max Ernst, to Mexico where she met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Leonora's life became intertwined with powerful events and people that shaped the twentieth century.

Out of This World is the powerful, stunningly told story of Leonora Carrington, a girl who made art out of her imagination and created some of the most enigmatic and startling works of the last eighty years.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This striking picture book biography focuses on surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and her influences. Inspired by her grandmother's stories, which took her "to worlds that shimmered beyond this one," Carrington's sensibilities eventually made her simpatico with the French surrealists. When Germany invaded Western Europe, she fled to Mexico, where she continued to develop her fantastical style, rejecting confining gender expectations in the process: "Her women did things they didn't do in paintings made by men. Instead of lying on a couch, they were listening to the stars.... They were friends with monkeys, Minotaurs, and mythic birds." Rather than recreating Carrington's artwork, Hall complements the artist's imagery through her own strange and radiant mixed-media spreads. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Having previously collaborated on The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (rev. 11/12), Markel and Hall now explore the life of artist Leonora Carrington (19172011). Born into a wealthy English family, the creative and strong-willed young woman convinced her parents to send her to art school in London, where she met Max Ernst and joined his coterie of surrealists. Carrington then moved with him to Paris and painted there until the Nazis invaded France. She fled to Mexico, where she spent the rest of her life, always making art. Markel distills Carringtons experiences into succinct prose full of vigor and imagery. Leonora felt safe. She felt strong. She popped a chocolate into her mouth and reached for a paintbrush. She painted a house filled with enchanted women. Halls dreamlike illustrations take the book to a near fantastical level. Vivid colors, pulsating patterns, and swooping lines make each scene a strikingly original image as well as an homage to Carringtons own art (although the book includes no reproductions of her paintings). From the covers to the endpapers to everything in between, this is a glorious look at a woman artist who did exactly what she wanted to do at a time when few were able to do so. Appended with an authors note (which delivers more specific information about Carringtons life than does the main text), an illustrators note, and a brief selected bibliography. monica edinger March/April 2019 p 103(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.