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Property from an Important Private Collection, USA

Dorothea Tanning

The Witch

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May 27, 01:13 PM GMT


220,000 - 320,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from an Important Private Collection, USA

Dorothea Tanning

1910 - 2012

The Witch

signed Dorothea Tanning (lower right)

oil on canvas

45.8 by 61cm., 18 by 24in.

Framed: 58 by 73.5cm., 22 ⅞ by 28 ⅞ in.

Painted in 1950.

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

Please note this lot is subject to an irrevocable bid.
Howard & Muriel Weingrow, New York (until at least 1995)
Kent Fine Art, New York (acquired from the above)
Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco (acquired from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2017
'Review of 'The Witch'', in Dancing Times, October 1950, p. 6
Dorothea Tanning, 'Note Bibliographique', in Dorothea Tanning, Paris, 1966, p. 153
Dorothea Tanning: Between Lives - Works on Paper (exhibition catalogue), Runkel Hue-Williams Gallery, London, 1989, mentioned p. 9
Dorothea Tanning (exhibition catalogue), Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, 1993, mentioned pp. 22 & 23
Dorothea Tanning, Between Lives: An Artist and Her World, New York, 2001. mentioned p. 87
Roslyn, New York, Nassau County Museum of Art, Surrealism, 1995, n.n., illustrated in colour in the catalogue (titled Citadel)
San Francisco, Frey Norris Gallery & New York, The Armory Show, Dorothea Tanning: Beyond the Esplanade: Paintings, Drawing and Prints from 1940 to 1965, 2009-10, no. 6, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
New York, The Drawing Center, Dorothea Tanning: Early Designs for the Stage, 2010, pl. 19, illustrated in colour in the catalogue 
San Francisco, Gallery Wendi Norris, Echo: Eight San Francisco Artists Respond to Surrealist Masterworks, 2010
San Francisco, Gallery Wendi Norris, Exultation: Sex, Death and Madness in Eight Surrealist Masterworks, 2011 
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Quebec City, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec & Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderno, In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, 2012-13, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Humbelbeck, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art & Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle, Fantastic Women. Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Louise Bourgeois, 2020
London, Tate Modern & Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro Arte Reina Sofía, Dorothea Tanning. Behind the Door, Another Invisible Door,  2018-19, illustrated in colour in the catalogue