Troubadour © Estate of Remedios Varo.

10.01.13: images

A selection below of magical and mystical images from one of the great painters of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Spain, Remedios Varo received her earliest training in Madrid before fleeing the Spanish Civil War in 1937 to join Surrealist circles in Paris. The outbreak of World War II forced her to take refuge in Mexico, where she remained until her untimely death in 1963, and where she created her most enduring work.

Known as one of the three "brujas" (witches) active in the Mexico City art milieu, Varo shared an interest in esotericism with fellow painter Leonora Carrington and a range of interests in science, philosophy and the literature of German Romanticism with the photographer Kati Horna.

For some ten years, from the mid-1950s until her death in 1963, Varo devoted herself to creating an extraordinary dreamlike oeuvre, on the threshold between mysticism and modernity. Her beautifully crafted images of medieval interiors, occult workshops and androgynous figures engaged in alchemical pursuits evoke the eerie allegories of Hieronymus Bosch, esoteric engravings and the charm and lure of fairytales.

10.01.13: gallery

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Remedios Varo - As Del Volante

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Remedios Varo - Bordando el manto terrestre

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Remedios Varo - Exploracion de las fuentes del rio oriono

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Remedios Varo - The Calling

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Remedios Varo - The Clockmaker

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Remedios Varo - The Flutist

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Remedios Varo - Disturbing Presence

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Remedios Varo - Energia Cosmica

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Remedios Varo - Hacia La Torre

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Remedios Varo - Hairy Locomotion

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Remedios Varo - Has Del Volante

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Remedios Varo - Invocación

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Remedios Varo - The Lovers

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Remedios Varo - Les Mures

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Remedios Varo - Rupture

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Remedios Varo - Still Life Reviving

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Remedios Varo - Sympathy

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Remedios Varo - The Encounter

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Remedios Varo - The Flight

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Remedios Varo - The Sign of the Painter

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Remedios Varo - Three Fates

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Remedios Varo - To Be Reborn

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Remedios Varo - To Women's Happiness

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Remedios Varo - Troubadour

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Remedios Varo - Useless Science

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Remedios Varo - The World Beyond

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