Mexico City: Artes de Mexico, 2008. First edition. Hardcover. 215 pp., profusely illustrated in color and black & white; quarto (12 x 11.75 inches), original black boards, pictorial jacket. Minor scuff mark to front cover, light wear to jacket, overall near fine. Item #22135
An in-depth study of the famed Spanish/Mexican surrealist artist Maria de los Remedios Varo y Uranga (1908-1963). Remedios Varo's artistic education included a diploma (in 1930) from the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, in Madrid - Salvador Dali's alma mater. Having first left Spain for Paris during the Spanish Civil War, Remedios Varo fled Nazi-occupied Paris with her second husband, Surrealist poet Benjamin Peret, arriving in Mexico in December, 1941. The artist had immersed herself in the world of surrealist art both in Spain and later in Paris and brought surrealist ideals to Mexico. It took a while for her to gain recognition in a country where Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo, and muralism held sway, but recognition and acclaim did come. Spanish language edition is still in print but this English language translation has become quite scarce.