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Property from a Distinguished Private American Collection

Leonora Carrington

Les Distractions de Dagobert

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May 16, 12:52 AM GMT


12,000,000 - 18,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from a Distinguished Private American Collection

Leonora Carrington

1917 - 2011

Les Distractions de Dagobert

signed Carrington and dated 1945, September (lower right)

tempera on Masonite

29 ¾ by 34 ¼ in.

75.6 by 87 cm.

Executed in 1945.

We are grateful to Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington for confirming the authenticity of this work.

We wish to thank Dr. Salomon Grimberg for his kind assistance in the cataloguing of this work.

Please note, this work has been requested for the following upcoming exhibitions: 'Leonora Carrington: Dream Weaver' to be held at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University from 22 January 2025 – 1 June 2025 and 'Surrealism' to be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art between 8 November 2025 and 15 February 2026.

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York

Albert Landry Galleries, New York (acquired from the above in February 1960)

Private Collection, United States (acquired from the above in April 1960)

Sotheby's, New York, 21 November 1995, lot 30 (consigned by the above)

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Whitney Chadwick, "Leonora Carrington: Evolution of a Feminist Consciousness," Woman’s Art Journal, vol. 7, issue 1, Spring—Summer 1986, p. 40

Janet A. Kaplan, Unexpected Journeys: The Art and Life of Remedios Varo, New York, 1988, no. 205, p. 219, illustrated

Whitney Chadwick, Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, New York, 1991, no. 190, p. 217, illustrated

Edward Lucie-Smith, Latin American Art of the 20th Century, New York, 1993, no. 81, p. 105, illustrated

Phyllis Braff, "In a Latin Roundup, Breadth and Depth," The New York Times, vol. CXLVI, issue 50,558, 22 September 1996, p. 13

Susan Aberth, Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art, Hampshire, 2004, no. 33, p. 56, illustrated in color

Exh. Cat., San Francisco, Frey Norris Gallery, The Talismanic Lens: Leonora Carrington, 2008, p. 11

Yves Yadé, "Les distractions de Dagobert de Leonora Carrington," Pleine Marge, vol. 48, December 2008, p. 35, illustrated and pp. 36-39

Exh. Cat., Dublin, Irish Museum of Art, Leonora Carrington: The Celtic Surrealist, 2013-14, n.n., pp. 124-25, illustrated in color

Kate Guadagnino, "Mexican Surrealism on the Upper East Side," The New York Times Style Magazine, 19 April 2019 (online)

Scott Indrisek, "Surrealismo bajo el volcán," Vice News, 18 May 2019, illustrated in color (online)

Cori Hutchinson, "Leonora Carrington: As Above, So Below on Madison Avenue," WhiteHot Magazine, June 2019 (online)

Elena Dallorso, "La Colección Peggy Guggenheim es todo surrealismo y magia," Architectural Digest Italia, April 2022, illustrated in color

Kat Herriman, "What to See at the Venice Biennale," W Magazine, 20 April 2022 (online)

Jen Dragon, "Report from the 59th Venice Biennale," D’art International Magazine, 6 May 2022 (online)

New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Leonora Carrington, 1948, no. 1

New York, Georgette Passedoit and Albert Landry Gallery, The Inheritance of Hieronymus Bosch, 1960

Roslyn Harbor, Nassau County Museum of Art, Latin Viewpoints: Into the Mainstream, 1996, p. 25, illustrated in color

Tokyo Station Gallery; Umeda-Osaka, Diamaru Museum; Hida Takayama Museum of Art and Tsu, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Leonora Carrington, 1997-98, no. 8, p. 48, illustrated in color

London, Tate Modern and New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Surrealism: Desire Unbound, 2001-02, fig. 195, p. 201, illustrated in color (titled The Pleasures of Dagobert)

New York, Sotheby’s, Divine Comedy, 2010, p. 97, illustrated in color

New York, Di Donna Gallery, Surrealism in Mexico, 2019, n.n., pp. 24-25, 87 and 117, illustrated in color

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Fantastic Women. Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo, 2020, pp. 256-57, illustrated in color and on the back cover

Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Potsdam, Museum Barberini, Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity, 2022-23, no. 96, p. 70, illustrated in color (detail); pp. 74 and 230, illustrated in color and on the cover