Dorothea TanningSome Roses and Their Phantoms 1952

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Artist
Dorothea Tanning (1910‑2012)
Title
Some Roses and Their Phantoms
Date 1952
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 763 x 1015 x 23 mm frame: 973 x 1225 x 82 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Tate Collectors Forum 2003
Reference
T07987

Summary

Some Roses and Their Phantoms, 1952, represents a domestic world transformed by mysterious eruptions and inhabited by unnamable creatures. The table top setting, with its crisp white tablecloth and marks of ironed folds, suggests a safe world of bourgeois ritual. A recurrent motif, the white table cloth can also be found in other works of the same period, for example, Poached Trout, 1952 (private collection), and Portrait de famille, 1954 (Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), and later in Notes for an Apocalypse, 1974 (Mimi Johnson, New York). The theme of domesticity is continued in the suggestion in the foreground of a plain white plate, but this appears to lie under, or more strangely to merge into, the exquisitely painted cloth… (read more)

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