The Surreal Life
Playful, amusing, frivolous and bizarre; as Ruth Brandon points out in the preface to her marvellous Surreal Lives: The Surrealists, 1917-1945, Surrealism has passed into everyday life as a byword for the strange, but also the peripheral. However, as this wonderfully exhaustive book point outs, the intellectual and political drive behind the movement was in fact highly revolutionary.
In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, Prim, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico. Although rarely spoken of in her own family (regarded as a black sheep, a wild child; someone they were better off without) in the meantime Leonora Carrington had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she now lived, while her paintings are fetching ever-higher prices at auction today.