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The title of this work can be translated as ‘Reclining nude’. It is one of a small group of soft sculptures made by Tanning, an American artist who first became associated with the Surrealist group in New York in the early 1940s. The sculptures were three-dimensional expressions of the fantastical images and narratives of her paintings. Here the rounded forms, the suggestion of vertebrae made by table tennis balls inside the work, and the limb-like extrusions wittily evoke a nude of surprising vitality and sensuality.

September 2004