Dorothea TanningEine Kleine Nachtmusik 1943

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Artist
Dorothea Tanning (1910‑2012)
Title
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Date 1943
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 407 x 610 mm frame: 640 x 833 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the American Fund for the Tate Gallery 1997
Reference
T07346

Summary

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is one of the best known of Dorothea Tanning’s early paintings. It shows what appears to be a hotel corridor with numbered doors, the farthest of which is open just enough to offer a glimpse of incandescent light. A giant sunflower and pieces of its torn stem lie on the landing. Two fallen petals lie further down the stairs and a third is held by a doll propped against one of the doorways. The doll is remarkably life-like and wears similar clothing to the girl standing nearby. Her status as a toy is only revealed by her hairline and the regularly moulded contours of her torso… (read more)

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