Dorothea Tanning

Surrealist painter Dorothea Tanning passed away earlier this year, and I’d been planning to make a tribute post to her for awhile but just hadn’t got around to it until now.  She was one of the few female surrealists in the early years of the movement, and her work often dealt with femininity, either overtly or under the surface.  Young girls popped up in her work from time to time during the early years, including in her most famous painting, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, but as her work became increasingly abstract, this didn’t last long. Tanning was married to fellow surrealist Max Ernst.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 1943 by Dorothea Tanning born 1910

Dorothea Tanning – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1943)

Dorothea Tanning - Maternity (1946)

Dorothea Tanning – Maternity (1946)

Dorothea Tanning - Palaestra (1947)

Dorothea Tanning – Palaestra (1947)

Dorothea Tanning - The Guest Room (1951) (1)

Dorothea Tanning – The Guest Room (1951) (1)

Dorothea Tanning - The Guest Room (1951) (2)

Dorothea Tanning – The Guest Room (1951) (2)

Dorothea Tanning - The Guest Room (1951) (detail 1)

Dorothea Tanning – The Guest Room (1951) (detail 1)

Dorothea Tanning - The Guest Room (1951) (detail 2)

Dorothea Tanning – The Guest Room (1951) (detail 2)

Dorothea Tanning - Interior with Sudden Joy (1951)

Dorothea Tanning – Interior with Sudden Joy (1951)

Dorothea Tanning - Interior with Sudden Joy (1951) (detail)

Dorothea Tanning – Interior with Sudden Joy (1951) (detail)

Dorothea Tanning (Official Site)
[Editor: It contains larger images of Palaestra, The Guest Room and Interior with Sudden Joy.]

Wikipedia: Dorothea Tanning

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