A Little Night Music

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 1943 Oil on canvas 16 1/8 x 24 in. Tate Collection, London

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
1943
Oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 24 in.
Tate Collection, London

In her own words – Dorothy Tanning

It’s about confrontation.  Everyone believes he/she is his/her drama.  While they don’t always have giant sunflowers (most aggressive of flowers) to contend with, there are always stairways, hallways, even very private theatres where the suffocations and the finalities are being played out, the blood red carpet or cruel yellows, the attacker, the delighted victim…

—from an unpublished letter from the artist to the Tate Collection, 1999, quoted in Victoria Carruthers’ essay “Dorothea Tanning and Her Gothic Imagination,”

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2 responses to “A Little Night Music

  1. But we are our drama. Our instinctive drive to seek the forbidden fruit, to unconsciously go where we are pressed, beaten, squeezed and spurted out, that we become better persons. How far from the norm we swing out is determined by how quickly we want to get out of the wheel.

  2. I like this, ‘ Get out of the wheel’.

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