DOROTHEA TANNING (1910 – 2012)


This website aims to serve as an introduction and tribute
to Dorothea Tanning’s extraordinary life and work as both
a visual artist and a poet.  It is an ongoing project of
The Dorothea Tanning Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the artist’s legacy.
 

Exhibitions


"Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table" at the Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco will run through May 28, 2016, exploring the role of chance and choice in Surrealism through a selection of paintings and objects.

  “The Conjured Life: Surrealism 
  from the MCA Collection”
 
  presents the opportunity to see 
  Nue endormie (Sleeping Nude) 
  (1954)
 at the Museum of 
  Contemporary Art Chicago, 
  through June 5, 2016
. 


The installation piece Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 (Poppy Hotel, Room 202) (1970-73) is included in the exhibition
“An Imagined Museum. Works from the Centre Pompidou, the Tate and the MMK” at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main through September 11, 2016, which will also travel to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, October 21, 2016 - March 27, 2017. 

 

“Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvelous,” which will bring together some of the finest Surrealist works of art from the legendary private collections of Edward James, Roland Penrose, Gabrielle Keiller, and Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, will be on view at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, June 4 - September 11, 2016.  The show will then travel to the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Fall 2016 and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in Spring 2017.  
 
"Making & Unmaking: An Exhibition Curated by Duro Olowu" at Camden Arts Centre, London will be on view June 19 through September 18, 2016.  The exhibition will feature the soft sculpture Étreinte (1969) and the painting/collage Glad Nude with Paws (1978).
     

Publications


A Public Space has just published a portfolio of Dorothea Tanning's writings in its Spring 2016 issue.  Entitled "Dreams of A Year," this selection focuses on the period 
c. 1947, when she was living in Sedona, Arizona, and includes the short story "Dream It Or Leave It" (an English translation of "Rêvez-le ou ne le lisez pas" that was first published in French in 1947), journal notes, and letters to artists Muriel Streeter and Joseph Cornell. 

Mey-Yen Moriuchi's "Space, Place, and Gender in the Art of Dorothea Tanning" appears in the new publication Art and Social Change: Essays on the Collection of La Salle University Art Museum (Klare Scarborough and Susan M. Dixon, eds., Philadelphia: La Salle University Art Gallery, 2016, pp. 161-175). This essay examines the painting The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1945), which is in the Museum's collection.

 

Ongoing Projects


The Foundation works to fully document Dorothea Tanning's work for a catalogue raisonné.   In this effort, we are looking for information on the whereabouts of a number of paintings. If you have seen any of the following pieces, please contact us.

Tempête en Blanc (Tempest in White) (1947) 


Birthday, 1942
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<i>Birthday</i>
Insomnies (Insomnias), 1957
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<i>Insomnies (Insomnias)</i>
Avatar, 1947
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<i>Avatar</i>
Self-Portrait, 1944
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<i>Self-Portrait</i>
On Avalon, 1987
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<i>On Avalon</i>
Zephirium apochripholiae (Windwort), 1997
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<i>Zephirium apochripholiae (Windwort)</i>
Notes for an Apocalypse, 1978
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<i>Notes for an Apocalypse</i>
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1943
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<i>Eine Kleine Nachtmusik</i>
Reality, 1973
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<i>Reality</i>
Étreinte, 1969
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<i>Étreinte</i>
Tableau vivant (Living Picture), 1954
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<i>Tableau vivant (Living Picture)</i>
Far From, 1964
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<i>Far From</i>
De quel amour (By What Love), 1969
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<i>De quel amour (By What Love)</i>
Still in the Studio, 1979
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<i>Still in the Studio</i>
Murmurs, 1976
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<i>Murmurs</i>
Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 (Poppy Hotel, Room 202), 1973
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<i>Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 (Poppy Hotel, Room 202)</i>
Même les jeunes filles (Even the Young Girls), 1966
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<i>Même les jeunes filles (Even the Young Girls)</i>
Dionysos SOS, 1989
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<i>Dionysos SOS</i>
Death and the Maiden, 1953
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<i>Death and the Maiden</i>
Evening in Sedona, 1976
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<i>Evening in Sedona</i>
Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera), 1963
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<i>Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera)</i>
Un tissu de songes (Web of Dreams), 1993
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<i>Un tissu de songes (Web of Dreams)</i>
Interior with Sudden Joy, 1951
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<i>Interior with Sudden Joy</i>
Maternity, 1947
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<i>Maternity</i>
Portefeuille (Pocketbook), 1946
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<i>Portefeuille (Pocketbook)</i>
Woman Artist, Nude, Standing, 1987
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<i>Woman Artist, Nude, Standing</i>
Children's Games, 1942
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<i>Children's Games</i>
Musical Chairs, 1951
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<i>Musical Chairs</i>
L'Education sentimentale (Sentimental Education), 1988
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<i>L'Education sentimentale (Sentimental Education)</i>
Heartless, 1980
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<i>Heartless</i>
Xmas, 1969
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<i>Xmas</i>
On Time Off Time, 1948
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<i>On Time Off Time</i>
Door 84, 1984
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<i>Door 84</i>
Daughters, 1983
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<i>Daughters</i>
Portrait of Muriel Levy, 1943
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<i>Portrait of Muriel Levy</i>
Pictor mysteriosa (Burnt Umbrage), 1997
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<i>Pictor mysteriosa (Burnt Umbrage)</i>
Portrait de famille (Family Portrait), 1977
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<i>Portrait de famille (Family Portrait)</i>
Portrait de famille (Family Portrait), 1954
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<i>Portrait de famille (Family Portrait)</i>
The Mirror, 1951
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<i>The Mirror</i>
Palaestra, 1947
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<i>Palaestra</i>
Canapé en temps de pluie (Rainy-Day Canapé), 1970
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<i>Canapé en temps de pluie (Rainy-Day Canapé)</i>
The Truth About Comets, 1945
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<i>The Truth About Comets</i>
I, 1986
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<i>I</i>
To Climb a Ladder, 1987
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<i>To Climb a Ladder</i>
Intérieur (Interior), 1953
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<i>Intérieur (Interior)</i>
Voltage, 1942
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<i>Voltage</i>
Le Soir à Saragosse (Evening in Saragossa), 1965
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<i>Le Soir à Saragosse (Evening in Saragossa)</i>
Salut, délire!  (Hail, Delirium!), 1979
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<i>Salut, délire!  </i><i>(Hail, Delirium!)</i>
L'Heure mauve (The Mauve Hour), 1965
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<i>L'Heure mauve (The Mauve Hour)</i>
Endgame, 1944
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<i>Endgame</i>
The Guest Room, 1952
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<i>The Guest Room</i>
Nue endormie (Sleeping Nude), 1954
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<i>Nue endormie (Sleeping Nude)</i>
Guardian Angels, 1946
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<i>Guardian Angels</i>
Pelote d'épingles pouvant servir de fétiche (Pincushion to Serve as Fetish), 1965
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<i>Pelote d'épingles pouvant servir de fétiche (Pincushion to Serve as Fetish)</i>
Tango Lives, 1977
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<i>Tango Lives</i>
Nue couchée (Reclining Nude), 1970
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<i>Nue couchée (Reclining Nude)</i>
La Chienne et sa muse (The Dog and Her Muse), 1964
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<i>La Chienne et sa muse (The Dog and Her Muse)</i>
Dimanche après-midi (Sunday Afternoon), 1953
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<i>Dimanche après-midi (Sunday Afternoon)</i>
A Parisian Afternoon (Hôtel du Pavot), 1942
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<i>A Parisian Afternoon (Hôtel du Pavot)</i>
Between Lives, 1989
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<i>Between Lives</i>
A Mrs. Radcliffe Called Today, 1944
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<i>A Mrs. Radcliffe Called Today</i>
L'Inspiration vient en peignant  (Inspiration Comes in Painting), 1973
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<i>L'Inspiration vient en peignant  </i><i>(Inspiration Comes in Painting)</i>
Wall figure from Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202, 1973
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<i>Wall figure </i>from <i>Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202</i>
To the Rescue, 1965
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<i>To the Rescue</i>
Pour Gustave l'adoré, 1974
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<i>Pour Gustave  l'adoré</i>
Tempête en jaune (Tempest in Yellow), 1956
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<i>Tempête en jaune (Tempest in Yellow)</i>
Kenningar, 1961
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<i>Kenningar</i>
The Magic Flower Game, 1941
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<i>The Magic Flower Game</i>
Convolotus alchemelia (Quiet-willow window), 1998
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<i>Convolotus alchemelia (Quiet-willow window)</i>