Remedios Varo's Feminine, Spiritual Quest

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    Remedios Varo occupies a marginal position in the Surrealist canon, despite her direct involvement with Breton’s circle and in spite of the fact that her work is attributed a universal significance. It has been interpreted as representing a journey towards identity and freedom, a search for female empowerment, and as a spiritual quest. Moreover, critical focus on the mythic/exoteric ‘female’ quest has been to the detriment of the mystical/esoteric significance of the paintings. This article argues that it is in the combination of these strands that Varo’s radicalism might be found. It shows that by presenting a female, spiritual quest for enlightenment—which exists apart from a traditionally male-dominated, western religious schema—Varo circumvented her ordained role within the artistic, spiritual, and political communities of which she was a part.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPreservation, Radicalism, and the Avant-Garde Canon
    EditorsR. Ferreboeuf, F. Noble, T. Plunkett
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-47437-7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-137-47930-3
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2016

    Publication series

    NameAvant-Gardes in Performance
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan US


    • Surrealism
    • Esotericism
    • Goddess
    • Remedios Varo
    • Mexico
    • Latin America


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