Edith Rimmington

(1902 - 1986)
Edith Rimmington The Decoy 1948 © The Estate of the Artist


Rimmington was born in Leicester and joined the British Surrealist Group in 1937. She exhibited regularly with the Surrealists and practiced automatic writing and drawing, with some of her poems appearing in Surrealist publications. Rimmington’s paintings are noted for their delicacy and the precise application of paint. Many of her paintings feature images of poetic metamorphosis, with subjects relating to death and the sea, or feature disquieting sexual elements. By 1950, Rimmington had begun to experiment with photography, on which she concentrated in her later years.

Glossary terms

  • A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.