Modern and Contemporary Art
Dorothea Tanning, American, 1910 - 2012
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1999-50-1125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by C. K. Williams, II, 1999
LabelIn Birthday, Dorothea Tanning filters the dreams and desires of the Surrealist vision through a self-portrait. Yet although the likeness of the face is astonishing, the artist does more to create a character than to reveal one who already exists. The woman's exotic garb, the furry creature, and the infinite recession of doors point toward adventures that lie just off the canvas.