DOROTHEA TANNING (1910 – 2012)
Etching, 1953, on wove paper, handwritten letter in colored pencil by the artist on the verso
Plate: 3¼ by 2⅜ in. (8.3 by 6.1 cm)
Framed: 14 by 11½ in. (35.8 by 29.3 cm)
With wide margins, in good condition apart from pale discoloration at sheet edges and two inconspicuous pale damp-stains, the larger in the left margin extending slightly into the image. Several unobtrusive soft creases, the longest measuring approx. 150 mm in right margin. A few pale fox marks, recto and verso. The verso is slightly toned, darker at sheet edges, with a small spot of adhesive residue and tiny rust flecks at bottom edge. Lower left sheet edge verso with a small skinned spot and a few tiny scratches. Extreme sheet edges with an occasional tiny nick.
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The letter reads in full:
This brings loving thoughts from me and Katherina (?) I'm painting very simple and direct pictures - this one has been part on a rather big canvas - all sorts of blues (so I call it Blue Waltz). quite tender and free and I think you'd like it. (In the painting, girl is clothed)
Winter here has been sheer hell. We say "never again". Otherwise Paris is fun and we can soon have spring. I do wish you'd come this year. We could all go to Venice together, where Max has a room at the Biennale,
Will write soon. xxxx Dorothea"