The Tarot of Leonora Carrington (Fulgur Press, 2020). Cover detail.
The British-born artist Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) is one of the more fascinating figures to emerge from the Surrealist movement. The magical themes of Carrington’s otherworldly paintings are well-known, but the recent discovery of a suite of tarot designs she created for the Major Arcana was a revelation for scholars and fans of Carrington alike. Susan Aberth, Edith C. Blum Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Bard College, and curator Tere Arcq examine their new discovery in The Tarot of Leonora Carrington
(Fulgur Press, 2020).
“Once we saw the tarot, we immediately knew that this was very important to the iconography,” says Professor Aberth. “For many years, people thought her work was playful, a bit like fairy tales. But it’s a very serious study of esoteric principles—primary among them the tarot.”