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Originally posted by coilhouse at “My work is about leaving the door open to the imagination.” -Dorothea Tanning (1910 – 2012)

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.”

Read the rest of “My work is about leaving the door open to the imagination.” -Dorothea Tanning (1910 – 2012)

Post tags: Art, Flora & Fauna, Grrrl, Memento Mori, Poetry, Revolutionary, Surreal


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Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
Sleeping Nude (1954) by Dorothea Tanning. Oil on canvas.

Oh, that's beautiful.

I didn't know her work at all. Thank you.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)
I am embarrassed not to know someone that is that moving and evocative.
It reminds me that there is never enough time, or the right guides to travel all the paths that we wish our lives would take.
Thank you, I have something to research and a new trail to follow.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
I feel shame that I did not know about her until now. Time to do some homework.
Steven Barritz
Feb. 2nd, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I ordered her novel, Chasm. A reviewer on Amazon wrote, "One doesn't often have their first novel published at age 94." That's probably true.
Marisa Sandlin
Feb. 2nd, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
That second painting is a stunner.
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