Armed with Madness: The Surreal World of Leonora Carrington

Armed with Madness: The Surreal World of Leonora Carrington

Mary M Talbot & Bryan Talbot


This graphic novel follows the surrealist Leonora Carrington from her privileged start in life to being expelled from finishing schools to having her mind blown at the 1936 London International Surrealist Exhibition (cue mind-blown graphics) to falling in with the wrong crowd in Paris (artists) to her relationship with the German artist Max Ernst (graphics get a little naughty here, kiddies) to being disowned by her family to her WWII flight to Spain from occupied France (where Ernst had been been interned as a non-resident) to descent into mental illness, an insane asylum and shock therapy to flight with a Mexican husband to his country, where she lived out her life. Throughout the book background graphics inspired by her contemporaries’ artworks represent the mood of each passage. She said: “I am armed with madness for a long voyage.” And how.

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