Rita Kernn-Larsen – An International Surrealist Career

In: A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950


During the 1930s the Danish painter Rita Kernn-Larsen (1904–1998) was connected to the international surrealist movement and participated in some of its seminal exhibitions in Paris, London and New York. Nevertheless, her work has not been properly included in academic art historiography. She shares the fate of other female surrealists whose work became recognised only recently. This essay maps out Kernn-Larsen’s activities connected to the surrealist movement and discusses her status.