The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio recently acquired the work of Surrealist artist Remedios Varo. This work is beginning to gain a new level of institutional attention in the United States.
From the 1950s to the 1960s, Valo created works depicting artists and intellectuals in a complex dreamlike environment... Her career began that year after moving to Mexico City as a refugee during World War II. Sixty years after she died in 1963, her market grew, her position in her art history increased, and her work will be included in this year’s Venice Biennale.
New acquisition of MFA Boston, Tailleur pour dames (1957) depicts a tailor’s showroom. Here, each of the four women wears clothes that appear to be making a new makeover. The dress turns into a boat, the scarf becomes a seat, and a purple cloak floats in the air. This is one of Valo’s less than 200 oil paintings in her lifetime and one of the few major works she has ever made, most of which remain in her personal collection. increase. It is also Valo’s first painting in the museum’s collection and the only painting by an artist in the New England public collection.
In January, the Toledo Museum of Art announced that it had acquired Valo’s 1956 paper work. La luna aprisionada, Depicts a female hunter catching the moon. The museum called this work “Tour de Force”.
MFA’s Varo will be unveiled on March 17th as part of the museum’s 20th-century art rehang, which will be exhibited in a gallery displaying Latin American works. As part of a move to raise money for a new acquisition of contemporary works, the museum is selling three paintings this year from an American collection by Georgia O’Keeffe and Charles Sheeler.
Calling Valo “one of the most compelling Surrealists of the 20th century,” MFA Director Matthew Taiterbaum said in a statement: She is a woman who worked in Latin America. “