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 Dorothea Tanning   (1910-2012)

  La Marée: Plate XIV (Untitled)
  • soft-ground etching, etching, and aquatint printed in colors, 1970
  • from the portfolio La Marée, text by Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues
  • signed in pencil lower right recto
  • edition of 90 on Arches unsigned and numbered on justification page: 1-75; I-XV and 90 on Japan nacre, also 5 signed color trial proofs
  • this example one of the 5 signed color trial proofs
  • plate size 11 5/16" x 6½" (28.7 x 16.4 cm.)
  • second plate inset size 9 3/8" x 6½" (23.7 x 16.4 cm.)
  • paper size 14¾" x 10¼" (37.4 x 26 cm.)
  • published by Editions George Visat, Paris
  • printed by George Visat, Paris
  • Literature:  Dorothea Tanning: Hail, Delirium!, New York Public Library, 1992, catalog no.28.XIV, pp.57, 97
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These plates, numbering fifteen including vignettes, were done for a specific text, written by a friend. In them I explored a few new wrinkles - secrets? - happily appreciated by the author. Much of this work, and etchings that follow, have to do with chance; for so many things can happen to a copper plate, depending on how you treat it, that implications are myriad. The book is all about a seaside encounter, very erotic. Hence the watery look of the etchings.
      -Dorothea Tanning, Hail, Delirium!, 1992, catalog raisonne
Dorothea Tanning - La Maree: Plate XV (Untitled) - 1970 color etching

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