Overlooked No More: Remedios Varo, Spanish Painter of Magic, Mysticism and Science


Varo, by then effectively into her 40s, had her breakthrough with a gaggle exhibition in 1955, displaying work that handled the unconscious, the paranormal and the metaphysical; in lots of, the protagonist seemed like Varo.

She was concerned with tarot, astrology and alchemy, which she balanced with a lifelong love of science, significantly geology, Arcq stated in an interview. Varo’s work fused these pursuits.

“She was trying to find the intersection between the mystical and the scientific,” Arcq stated.

In Varo’s portray “Harmony” (1956), an individual (it might be a person or a girl) sits at a desk in a cavernous room, threading objects like crystals, vegetation, geometric figures and paper scraps of mathematical formulation onto a musical employees that appears like an abacus or a loom. Figures resembling muses look like popping out of the partitions. The particular person, Varo wrote in a be aware addressed to her household, “is trying to find the invisible thread that unites all things.”

By this time she was dwelling with Walter Gruen, an exiled Austrian proprietor of a preferred classical music report store. He believed in Varo’s expertise and inspired her to commit herself to portray wholeheartedly.

Varo had her first main solo exhibition in Mexico City in 1956. It was a success amongst critics and collectors in addition to the celebrated Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, who was quoted as saying that Varo was “among the most important women artists in the world.” Her second solo present, in 1962, was additionally profitable.

Varo died of a coronary heart assault on Oct. 8, 1963. She was 54. Gruen turned a tireless champion of her work and legacy, and a 1971 posthumous retrospective on the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico drew crowds.

The worth of Varo’s work has soared lately, in no small half as a result of of its rarity, high quality and putting imagery.

“It has a magical effect,” Norris stated. “There is a radiance and a light to her work, much like you see in a great Renaissance painting.”