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


"Dorothea Tanning: Web of Dreams," Alison Jacques Gallery, London, through September 27, 2014, featuring Notes for an Apocalypse (1978)To Climb a Ladder (1987), and Un tissu de songes (Web of Dreams) (1973-93).
 
"Surrealism & Duchamp," Moderna Museet, Stockholm, through August 17, 2014, featuring Don Juan's Breakfast (1972) from the Museum's collection. 

"Le Mur: La Collection Antoine de Galbert," La Maison Rouge, Paris, through September 21, 2014, including
Étude pour Cousins (1971)
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Recent Publications


Victoria Carruthers and Catriona McAra have just 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).

Jean-François Chevrier has published an essay entitled “Dorothea Tanning, Chambre 202 o Las Transformaciones de la Perspectiva Biografica” in Formas Biográficas: Construcción y Mitología Individual, the catalogue of the exhibition of the same title (Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2013, pp. 158-171).
 

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>