About this work

The Odyssey


c. 700 BC

translated by Robert Fagles

English translation © Robert Fagles

English translation © Robert Fagles

This quote from Book 4  accompanied the assemblage piece Home at Last  (1972) in the exhibition "Dorothea Tanning: Murmurs" at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, organized in collaboration with Alison Jacques Gallery, London (May 11 - June 27, 2015).  The show explored echoes of myths and legends in Tanning’s work through poetry, with examples of poems that were especially meaningful to the artist.  

J. D. McClatchy wrote a  tribute to Dorothea Tanning for the show and recorded the poems included in the gallery.  View a gallery of images here and listen to his reading of this poem below.


In her own words...