Sleeping Nude (1954) by Dorothea Tanning. Oil on canvas.
And she did. Countless others have walked through that door behind Dorothea Tanning– fellow iconoclasts and creative powerhouses (many women, but surely, many not) who might never have pursued their work otherwise.
Her independence, her intelligence, and her centenarian resolve to lead an extraordinary life no matter what, should be as central to her legacy as her art and writings. Tanning died in her sleep last night at the age of 101…
“…and pieces of history die with her. Artist, poet, wife of Max Ernst from 1946 until he died in 1976, and (along with Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Kay Sage, Lee Miller, Maya Deren, Remedios Varo, and Leonor Fini) one of a group of great women Surrealists, she was at the center of a movement that was a vicious mill for women. Among the surrealists, females — while ‘allowed’ to be artists — were often also relegated to the sidelines of neglected or beset mistresses, muses, and madwomen.” ~Jerry Saltz (for New York Magazine)
Birthday (1942) by Dorothea Tanning. Oil on canvas.
Her advice to younger generations: “Keep your eye on your inner world and keep away from ads, idiots and movie stars.”
- Oldest Living Surrealist Tells All (Salon)
- Overview of her paintings (Boston University)
- A Table of Content, Coming to That (poems by Dorothea Tanning)
- Between Lives: An Artist and Her World (memoirs)
Eine Kleine_Nachtmusik (1943) by Dorothea Tanning. Oil on canvas.
Dorothea Tanning in her studio, Sedona, AZ, 1946. Photograph by Lee Miller.
Notes for an Apocalypse (1978) by Dorothea Tanning. Oil on canvas.
Interior With Sudden Joy (1951). Oil on canvas.
Tanning & Ernst playing chess in Sedona, mid ’40s.
Dorothea Tanning in 2010 by Sylvia Plachy.