Greatest American Painters

Dorothea Tanning (1910 – 2012)

Posted by M.R.N. on February 4, 2012



The Truth About Comets



Beyond The Esplanade

Family Portrait

The Guest Room

Portrait Of Muriel Levy

La Truite au Bleu (Pouched Trout)

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Arizona Landscape


Sleeping Nude

Death And The Maiden


Interior With Sudden Joy

Bateau Bleu

Sunflower Landscape

Fête champêtre

The Philosophers


3 Responses to “Dorothea Tanning (1910 – 2012)”

  1. Bruce said

    Interesting to note that Dorothea Tanning was married to fellow surrealist Max Ernst, that she was an accomplished poetess, and that “Birthday” is actually a self-portrait. Ernst was much older than her and she outlived him by 35 years, passing away just this week at the age of 101. In 2010, celebrating the centennial of her birth, there were exhibitions of her work in New York, San Francisco, France, Germany, and Sweden.

    Personally, I’m not a big fan of surrealism. So the only picture here that does anything for me is the final one, “Self-Portrait.” Although I’m not sure what she was trying to say about herself and the world around her, this image is more meaningful to me than the rest of her paintings combined.

  2. Her first self-portrait has beauty and disturbing mystery.Its artistic success has three sources: excellent craft,originality of vision and obstaining from true surrealism which would make the content wholly incomprehansible.Nonsese is never interesting and, thank Gods, she stays within her own poetical visions,away from nonsense.
    Max Ernst was a fashionable poseur with powerful connections which elevated him to a cardboard greatness,even though he would not be able to make a simple portrait of his beautiful wife.He was one of the first artists in history who could not paint or draw.

  3. Kirily Suggett said

    I’m looking for a print of Dorothea Tanning’s ‘the truth about comets’. While it appears they’re not in mass production, can you help to let me know if any are available, and if so where I could purchase one?

    Thank you

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