Encuentro (Encounter) by Remedios Varo A5 postcard

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14.8 x 21 cm

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A5 (14.8 x 21 cm) single postcard featuring Encuentro (Encounter) by Remedios Varo, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

Remedios Varo was a leading figure in Mexican Surrealism during the 1940s and 1950s. Fascinated by science and the occult, she often depicted enchanted domestic scenes and strange, otherworldly beings. In this striking composition, a seated figure carefully lifts the lid on a tiny casket to find her own eyes staring back at her. Several similar boxes sit on the shelves in the background, suggesting many more 'selves' are to be discovered. The image can be read as a self-portrait: many of the characters that Varo painted feature her heart-shaped face and almond eyes.

Born in Girona, Catalonia in northeastern Spain, Remedios Varo (1908 - 1963) was a Surrealist painter and poet. She was one of the first female students to attend the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, where she enrolled at the age of 15, and later received her diploma as an art teacher. In 1935, after moving to Paris, Varo met other Surrealist artists, and was later introduced to the poet and co-founder of the Surrealist movement, André Breton. After fleeing the Nazi-occupied part of France in 1941, Varo settled in Mexico, where she was one of a small but important group of Surrealist poets, painters, and photographers.

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