About this work

“Pictor mysteriosa (Burnt Umbrage)”

Adrienne Rich


© Adrienne Rich

This poem , which was written for the painting Pictor mysteriosa (Burnt Umbrage) (1997), accompanied it 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.