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 Dorothea Tanning   (1910-2012)

  • etching, soft-ground etching and open-bite printed in grey purplish red, light yellow and dark greyish brown, 1963
  • this example from the edition of 250 on BFK Rives
  • edition of 250 on BFK Rives, signed and numbered: 1-250 and an unspecified number of proofs including 2 signed trial proofs and 3 signed color trial proofs on Arches
  • plate size 7⅞" x 6 5/16" (20 x 16 cm.)
  • paper size 14½" x 10" (36.8 x 25.4 cm.)
  • printed by George Visat, Paris
  • Literature:  Dorothea Tanning: Hail, Delirium!, New York Public Library, 1992, catalog no.14, pp.39, 92-93
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Orphans was made for the catalogue of an exhibition in Cologne (Galerie Der Spiegel, 1963) and so titled because in the catalogue I had a poem called "Orphanotropium". It appeared in German translation. The deeply acid-bitten lines seemed to speak of the state of being an orphan. And their entanglement was perhaps the asylum.
      -Dorothea Tanning, Hail, Delirium!, 1992, catalog raisonne
Dorothea Tanning - Orphans - 1963 color etching

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