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," Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, through April 5, 2015, including the drawing Simplified Botany—The Land (1943).

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

Lost Paintings


We are looking for information about a number of paintings in the effort to fully document Dorothea Tanning's work for a catalogue raisonné.  If you have seen this painting, please contact us.

The Magic Flower Game (1941)


Recent Publications


The Guardian featured "My Hero: Dorothea Tanning," an appreciation by author Emma Healy, on January 17, 2015.

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. 103-109).

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.

 

 





 


Birthday, 1942
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<i>Birthday</i>
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1943
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<i>Eine Kleine Nachtmusik</i>
Insomnies (Insomnias), 1957
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<i>Insomnies (Insomnias)</i>
Murmurs, 1976
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<i>Murmurs</i>
Dionysos SOS, 1989
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<i>Dionysos SOS</i>
Notes for an Apocalypse, 1978
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<i>Notes for an Apocalypse</i>
On Avalon, 1987
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<i>On Avalon</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>
Un tissu de songes (Web of Dreams), 1993
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<i>Un tissu de songes (Web of Dreams)</i>
Self-Portrait, 1944
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<i>Self-Portrait</i>
Reality, 1973
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<i>Reality</i>
Pictor mysteriosa (Burnt Umbrage), 1997
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<i>Pictor mysteriosa (Burnt Umbrage)</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>
Étreinte, 1969
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<i>Étreinte</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>
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>
Autumn, 1988
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<i>Autumn</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>
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>
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, 1939
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<i>Tango</i>
Tango, 1989
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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>
A Mrs. Radcliffe Called Today, 1944
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<i>A Mrs. Radcliffe Called Today</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>