Lot 55
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Dorothea Tanning

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  • Dorothea Tanning
  • Nephaster cyaneus (Cloudstar)
  • Signed Dorothea Tanning (lower right); signed again and dated 1997 (on the reverse)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 38 1/2 by 51 1/4 in.
  • 97.8 by 130.2 cm
  • Painted in 1997.
"The sudden brightness at a nova's heart
Predicts a gradual, dimming ebb and flow
Of light - or love - that will in time depart,
Remembered only as desire's afterglow
O dark mysterious flower, guard this night.
Keep her now from the morning's cold insight."



The artist
Private Collection, Arizona (acquired directly from the above in 1999)
Thence by descent to the present owner


New York, National Academy of Design, Dorothea Tanning: Another Language of Flowers, 1999, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue pl. 8
Boston University Art Gallery, Dorothea Tanning: Still in the Studio, 1999, no. 8
New York, Zabriskie Gallery, Dorothea Tanning: Flowers, November 1999 - January 2000, no. 6


Michael Duncan, "Dorothea Tanning at Zabriskie," Art in America, vol. 88, no. 5, June 2000, p. 120

Catalogue Note

Nephaster cyaneus (Cloudstar) is one of twelve works from Dorothea Tanning's series "Another Language of Flowers." Completed between June 1997 and April 1998, each work was accompanied by the words of twelve poets, all friends of the artist. The poem for Nephaster cynaeus (Cloudstar) is reproduced here.