Dorothea Tanning, American, 1910 - 2012
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In 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.