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Still in the Studio


Tanning, Dorothea, Still in the Studio
Photo Credit: 


Not On View
Tanning, Dorothea
American (1910-2012)
Place made: 
Europe; France; Paris
Still in the Studio, 1979
Oil on canvas
Frame: 58 7/8 in x 45 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 149.5 cm x 116.2 cm x 3.8 cm; Stretcher: 51 3/16 in x 38 3/16 in; 130 cm x 97 cm
Purchase with the Warbeke Art Museum Fund
MH 2013.11

In Dorothea Tanning’s Paris studio we see the artist reclining against a table strewn with the tools of her trade: paints, brushes, and boxes of bright pastels. A ghostly, ectoplasmic substance seems to swirl amidst the objects, while a human-like figure climbs the window, its contorted form echoing that of the nude artist. Tanning painted Still in the Studio during a time of great transition. In 1976, at the age of 66, she returned to the United States after decades in France, a move triggered by the death of her husband, artist Max Ernst. Started in Paris and completed in New York, the painting grew out of deep introspection, a reappraisal of her life and art, and, ultimately, a resolve to redouble her creative work.

(Sept. 2016)