The other day I saw the Surrealist women artists exhibit at LACMA. The sheer force of it blew me away— all these women, half I didn't know, living as artists, despite not being able to make a living at it. They went unrecognized and unappreciated by gallery owners, critics, and even their husbands. Ironically, when they grew old, they began to look like old men, but probably enjoyed themselves better, living alone and still making art.
For my birthday and in honor of these women, I've taken the liberty to draw three portraits, via Dorothy Tanning, Frieda Kahlo, and Leonora Carrington. Enjoy.
by Dorothy Tanning
Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo,
by Frida Kahlo
The Chrysopeia of Mary the Jewess,
by Leonora Carrington
(Click portraits to see as slide show)