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 Dorothea Tanning   (1910-2012)

  Untitled for Demain
  • soft-ground etching and aquatint, 1964
  • fourth of 6 etchings for the livre d'artiste Demain (Tomorrow)
  • this example one of the 10 initialed color trial proofs on Japan nacre
  • regular edition of 60 signed and numbered only on the justification page and 10 initialed color trial proofs on Japan nacre and 3 signed color trial proofs on BFK Rives with hand coloring
  • plate size 3" x 2½" (7.6 x 6.5 cm.)
  • paper size 4¼" x 3¾" (10.8 x 9.5 cm.)
  • printed by George Visat, Paris
  • Literature:  Dorothea Tanning: Hail, Delirium!, New York Public Library, 1992, catalog no.15IV, pp.41, 93
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Making a tiny book was an irresistible temptation in this age of gigantism and, again with Georges Visat as master etcher as well as publisher, Demain was begun. I can still see Visat wiping colors on the little plates while I stood by, always imploring for another try. There must have been fifty of these. Finally it was ready: a miniature poem with four miniscule etchings, and front and back cover etchings. For my own words my own images -- what more could one ask?
      -Dorothea Tanning, Hail, Delirium!, 1992, catalog raisonne
Dorothea Tanning - Untitled for Demain - 1964 color etching

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