Lot 326
  • 326


30,000 - 50,000 GBP
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  • Dorothea Tanning
  • Untitled
  • signed Dorothea Tanning (lower right)
  • oil on board
  • 51 by 74.5cm., 20 1/8 by 29 1/4 in.
  • Painted circa 1966.


(Probably) Galerie Nidrecourt, Paris
Private Collection, Belgium
Thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

In 1966 Dorothea Tanning was part of a group of artists who took part in a ground-breaking exhibition at Galerie Nidrecourt, Paris, titled Kamagraphies. The group comprised, amongst others, of her husband Max Ernst, and the Belgian surrealists Marcel Delmotte and René Magritte. The exhibition showcased a new form of artistic expression which the artists termed Kamagraphie – the idea being that, each artist would paint a unique work on board, called the Kama-Mère, and from that take a limited edition of prints executed through oil painting directly from the original ‘mother’ work. The present work, the original Kama-Mère, is testament to Tanning’s contribution to Surrealism and its artistic evolution.

We are grateful to The Dorothea Tanning Foundation for their assistance in cataloguing this work.