Leonora Carrington (Mexican, born England, 1917–2011)
Oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 32 in. (65 x 81.3 cm)
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002 (2002.456.1)
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
In this self-portrait, the artist sports white jodhpurs, Victorian boots, a seaweed-green jacket, and a wild mane of hair. Marooned in this unfathomable room on a blue armchair, Carrington has as her only companion a prancing hyena with three pendulous breasts. The large white rocking horse and its shadow seem painted on the wall. In the landscape, seen through a window festooned with yellow curtains, is another, smaller horse. The strange cast of characters could have tumbled out of one of Carrington's contemporaneous, wickedly bizarre short stories.