Limitless Lady of Creativity

Max Ernst & Dorothea Tanning

Dorothea Tanning, is an American painter, sculptor, writer and poet. She married German painter, Max Ernst in 1946, in a double wedding with Man Ray and his second wife, Juliette Browner. Dorothea refused to put limits on her creativity, producing impressive works not only in the mediums listed above, but also as a designer of costumes and sets for the ballet and theatre.

Dorothea Tanning “Her Birthday” ©1942

Introduced by art dealer, Julien Levy into a cirlce of Surrealist artists, she contributed to the Movement with works of her own, her most famous work being named after Mozart’s, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” {1943}, which hangs in the Tate Gallery.  After 1955, her style shifted, “my canvases literally splintered . . . I broke the mirror, you might say,” she said.

Dorothea Tanning “Naufrage en Rose” ©1958

She’s written two memoirs and well received poetry, as well as, worked with George Balanchine to design for the ballet. She lived with Ernst for several years in France, returning to New York after his death. An amazing and talented woman, she will turn 100 on August 25th, 2010. I couldn’t possibly do justice to this multi-talented woman in a short blog piece, so I encourage you to check out more of her amazing work, starting with her website linked below.

Dorothea Tanning


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