In 2018 the National Galleries of Scotland acquired Leonora Carrington's portrait of her then-lover, Max Ernst: painted in 1939 when the two were living together in France, it shows him wearing a robe of rose-coloured fur, his snow-white hair echoed in the icy landscape around him. Joanna Moorhead, a journalist, author of The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington and Carrington's cousin, will explain why the portrait is key to understanding not only Carrington's relationship with Ernst, but also her mission as an artist. Joanna will also talk about why Carrington abandoned her family in the 1930s, and about the unlikely friendship the two cousins forged 70 years later in Mexico.
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