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Image of Study from "Oda a la Necrofilia" (with Leonora Carrington) 38313


Kati Horna (Katalin Deutsch Blau) (Budapest, Hungary, 5/19/1912 - 10/19/2000, Mexico)


Study from "Oda a la Necrofilia" (with Leonora Carrington)

Creation Date



mid-20th century


9 x 7 1/8 in. (22.86 x 18.1 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

South America, Mexico

Medium and Support

vintage silver print on paper

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund


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Accession Number

“I am allergic to the question of where I am from. I fled Hungary, I fled Berlin, I fled Paris, and I left everything behind in Barcelona,” artist Kati Horna once observed. Born in Budapest, Hungary, she endured frequent dislocations as a young Jewish woman during the period of the Nazi’s rise to power, the Spanish Civil War, and World War Two. With limited financial resources, she settled with other European refugees in Mexico City, where she spent the next six decades of her life. Having been exposed to the work of Surrealist artists in Europe, she was influenced by their experimental practice and often-radical subject matter. These two photographs ("Study from "Oda a la Necrofilia" (with Leonora Carrington)" and "Untitled, from "Oda a la Necrofilia"") are part of an important series of Surrealist-inspired compositions titled “Oda a la Necrofilia,” or Ode to Necrophilia. The female figure in these images is her friend Leonora Carrington, a British-born artist and novelist who also escaped to Mexico during World War Two.

Object Description

Per Dealer, Charles Isaacs 5/2/2019: unmounted, signed in pencil and with artist's stamp on verso

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