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Women Surrealists

Many women were associated with the Surrealist movement, but the best-known were usually thought of as muses or femme-enfants - women who inspired male artists, rather than women who produced art themselves.

But in the 1980s an art historian called Whitney Chadwick spearheaded a reappraisal of women Surrealists, arguing that they were more than merely muses, and were important artists in their own right.

Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna were part of this 'hidden history' of Surrealism, and their work has been seen as increasingly important over recent years.

The women Surrealists in Colonia Roma, as elsewhere, looked to domestic life for their subjects as readily as they looked beyond the home and family.  They believed that the extraordinary was to be found within the ordinary; that the most mundane of settings could contain, and inspire, fascinating events and magical canvases.