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Couples d'artistes (3) Dorothea Tanning & Max Ernest

Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, Honolulu Photograph by Kay Bell 1952


Lee Miller, Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning




"The photo appeared in the September 14, 1942 issue of LIFE magazine, page 44, and the credit identifies this woman as "Pat Sanchez, daughter of a wealthy Cuban sugar." See comment below, by Pam Johnson Director, The Dorothea Tanning Collection and Archive  
Dorothea Tanning, Birthday, oil on canvas
  
At first was only one Picture, a self-portrait. It was a modest canvas by present day standards. But it filled my New York studio, the apartment’s back room, as if it had always been there. For one thing, it was the room, I had been struck, one day, by a fascinating array of doors ─ hall, kitchen, bathroom, studio ─ crowed together, soliciting my attention with their antic plants, light, shadows, imminent openings and shuttings. From there  it was a easy leap to dream of countless doors. Perhaps in a way it was a talisman for the things that were hapening, an interaction of quiet event,  line densities wrought in a crystal paperweight of time where nothing was expeted to appear except the finished canvas and, later a few snowflakes, for the season was Christmas1942, and Max was my Christmas present.
It was snowing hard when he rang my doorbell.  Choosing pictures for a show to be called "Thirty Women." (...) We moved to the studio, a livelier place in any case in any case, and there on an easel was my self-portrait, not quite finished. He looked, while I tried not to. At last, "What do you call it?" I really haven't a title. "Then you can call it 'Birthday.'" Just like that. He had come to stay. That we were both painters, visionaries, did not strike me at the time as anything but the happiest of coincidences. It was so unbelievable, I told myself, "Yes. If it only lasts three weeks, it is still alright."
Dorothea Tanning, Birthday, (Santa Monica, San Francisco, The Lapis Press, 1986), p.14.

3 comentários:

Anónimo disse...

Greetings,
I just wanted to let you know that the woman in the photo with Max Ernst is not Dorothea Tanning. The photo appeared in the September 14, 1942 issue of LIFE magazine, page 44, and the credit identifies this woman as "Pat Sanchez, daughter of a wealthy Cuban sugar planter" (http://books.google.com/books?id=qE4EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA44&dq=life+magazine+gypsy+rose+lee&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=JKDsTt33FsT00gHO4P3SCQ&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false). Would you kindly correct this on your site?

There are many beautiful photos of Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning together, some of which can be found here: www.dorotheatanning.org.
Thank you,
Pam Johnson
Director, The Dorothea Tanning Collection and Archive

mr disse...

Thank you for your correction and useful informations.

I had thought: she doesn't really look like Dorothea Tanning ...

Best regards,

Helena

mr disse...

I get the image from: http://i12bent.tumblr.com/search/max+ernst