Remedios Varo

MFA Acquires Painting by Remedios Varo

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has acquired the painting Tailleur pour dames (1957), a major work by Remedios Varo (1908–1963), a leader of the Surrealist movement in the Americas. Varo made fewer than 200 oil paintings during her life, and Tailleur pour dames is one of her very rare, large-scale works, the majority of which remain in private collections. It is the first painting by Varo to enter the MFA’s collection, the only work by the artist in New England, and an acquisition that will transform the Museum’s presentation of modern art in an international context. The Varo will go on public view alongside additional recent acquisitions in the Carol Vance Wall Rotunda beginning March 17, after which it will be featured in the late spring 2022 reinstallation of the MFA’s 20th-century Art of the Americas collection. As part of a broader project that presents modern art beyond the standard boundaries of geography, time and artistic movements, Tailleur pour dames will be highlighted in a gallery dedicated to works from Latin America.
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