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 Dorothea Tanning   (1910-2012)

  Nuit (for Accueil)
  • etching, aquatint, and soft-ground etching printed in deep reddish orange and gold, 1958
  • this example one of 5 signed color trial proofs printed in grays and blacks
  • edition of 60 on BFK Rives, signed and numbered only on justification page: 50 numbered 1-50; 10 hors commerce numbered I-X and an unspecified number of proofs including 5 signed artist's proofs numbered EA1-EA5 on BFK Rives, 1 signed trial proof on Arches and 5 signed color trial proofs
  • one of fourteen etchings created by the artist for the book Accueil
  • plate size 8⅛" x 6⅛" (20.7 x 15.5 cm.)
  • paper size 20" x 13" (50 x 33 cm.)
  • printed by George Visat, Paris
  • Literature:  Dorothea Tanning: Hail, Delirium!, New York Public Library, 1992, catalog no.9.X, pp.30, 90
Paris editors liked to find unpublished texts by admired poets and bring them out with handsome illustrations, handsome typefaces, handsome paper. Accueil (The Welcome) is one of these. It was voted the plus beau livre (the most beautiful book) of the year by the bibliophiles' book club. But my work was only a part of this model of design, typeface, paper, presentation...and the distinguished prose poetry of its author, a memorable surrealist [Rene Crevel]. A reasonable fidelity to the poet's subject and to his persona has always been my goal in these collaborations.
      -Dorothea Tanning, Hail, Delirium!, 1992, catalog raisonne
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