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Paris and Surreal Friends

Paris was the centre of the artistic world in the years leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War. Artists, writers and intellectuals flocked to the city from every corner.

In 1937, at the age of 20, Leonora Carrington moved to Paris from Britain to join her lover Max Ernst . There he introduced her to the inner circle of Surrealism including its leader André Breton and artists such as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.

Remedio Varo also came to live in Paris in the late 1930s, becoming close friends with the leading Surrealists through her lover Benjamin Peret. Kati Horna had two spells in Paris, arriving first in the early 1930s, and later returning with her partner Jose Horna after going to Spain to photograph scenes from the Civil War.

All three artists owed a debt to the artistic developments in Paris, but they also contributed to this legacy in their later work in Mexico City.