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.
 

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions


"Surrealism and Magic," Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, through December 21, 2014, and Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, January 26 - April 5, 2015, including the drawing Simplified Botany—The Land (1943).

"Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection," National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., through February 1, 2015, featuring the print 
À ces rites (At these Rites) (1973).

“DLA Piper Series: Constellations,” Tate Liverpool, ongoing, highlighting Pelote d'épingles pouvant servir de fétiche (Pincushion to Serve as Fetish), 1965.
 

Recent Publications


Alison Jacques Gallery, London, has published a fully illustrated catalogue for its exhibition "Dorothea Tanning: Web of Dreams."

Samantha Karam's essay "Challenging Ideologies: Contrasting Dorothea Tanning's Mid-20th Century Animal Paintings with Contemporaneous Zoo Designs" is featured in Athanor (vol. XXXII, 2014, pp. 103-108).

Aube & Oona Elléouët-Breton, Paris, have produced "Dorothea Tanning," a DVD and publication set devoted to the artist's life and work.  Directed by Dominique et Julien Ferrandou, the documentary is part of the The Lighthouse (Phares) Series.

Henri-Alexis Baatsch has published an essay “Hôtel du Pavot – Dorothea Tanning” in the French journal Hippocampe (vol. 10, Spring 2014, pp. 57-63).

Victoria Carruthers and Catriona McAra have published "Mermaids and Metaphors: Dorothea Tanning's Surrealist Ocean" in Tricia Cusack's Framing the Ocean, 1700 to the Present: Envisaging the Sea as Social Space.  (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2014, pp. 211-222).
 

New on the Website


See an interactive view of Dorothea Tanning's sketchbook of drawings for sculptures from 1969-70.  In addition, files of a number of articles listed in the Selected Bibliography for Research are now available by clicking "Download PDF" where listed.
 


Birthday, 1942
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<i>Birthday</i>
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1943
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<i>Eine Kleine Nachtmusik</i>
Un tissu de songes (Web of Dreams), 1993
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<i>Un tissu de songes (Web of Dreams)</i>
Insomnies (Insomnias), 1957
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<i>Insomnies (Insomnias)</i>
Notes for an Apocalypse, 1978
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<i>Notes for an Apocalypse</i>
Tableau vivant (Living Picture), 1954
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<i>Tableau vivant (Living Picture)</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>
Self-Portrait, 1944
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<i>Self-Portrait</i>
A Mrs. Radcliffe Called Today, 1944
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<i>A Mrs. Radcliffe Called Today</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>
Evening in Sedona, 1976
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<i>Evening in Sedona</i>
Traffic Sign, 1970
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<i>Traffic Sign</i>
Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera), 1963
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<i>Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera)</i>
The Philosophers, 1952
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<i>The Philosophers</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>
Étreinte, 1969
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<i>Étreinte</i>
Death and the Maiden, 1953
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<i>Death and the Maiden</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>
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>
On Avalon, 1987
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<i>On Avalon</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>
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>
The Mirror, 1951
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<i>The Mirror</i>
I, 1986
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<i>I</i>
Palaestra, 1947
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<i>Palaestra</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>
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>
Murmurs, 1976
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<i>Murmurs</i>
Tango, 1989
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<i>Tango</i>
Tango, 1939
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<i>Tango</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>
Far From, 1964
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<i>Far From</i>
A Parisian Afternoon (Hôtel du Pavot), 1942
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<i>A Parisian Afternoon (Hôtel du Pavot)</i>
Avatar, 1947
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<i>Avatar</i>
Dimanche après-midi (Sunday Afternoon), 1953
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<i>Dimanche après-midi (Sunday Afternoon)</i>
Untitled (“Pen and Wash Drawing”), 1963
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<i>Untitled (“Pen and Wash Drawing”)</i>
Between Lives, 1989
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<i>Between Lives</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>
Kenningar, 1961
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<i>Kenningar</i>
Convolotus alchemelia (Quiet-willow window), 1998
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<i>Convolotus alchemelia (Quiet-willow window)</i>