British painter, born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of a British businessman who made a fortune there. She moved to England as a child and studied with Leon Underwood, 1924, at the Slade School, 1925–6, and in Paris, 1928–30. During the 1930s she became one of the leading British exponents of Surrealism, taking part in several of the major international exhibitions of the movement (although she was never much concerned with its polemical side).
She published an autobiography, A Look at My Life, in 1988; the book is full of famous names, for she knew many eminent artists and writers. It concludes with the words: ‘I hope to die in a sparkling moment.’
Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)