L'Inspiration vient en peignant (Inspiration Comes in Painting)
1973 Oil on canvas 45 5/8 x 35 in.
In her own words...
I want to seduce by means of imperceptible passages from one reality to another. The spectator is caught (oops!) in a net from which he can extricate himself only by going through the whole picture till he comes to the exit. My dearest wish: to make a picture without any exit at all, either for me or for him.
–from “Dorothea Her Lights and Shadows (A Scenario).” Translated from XXe Siècle, Paris, September, 1976. Reprinted in Dorothea Tanning: 10 Recent Paintings and a Biography. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Gimpel-Weitzenhoffer Gallery, 1979, p. 36.