February 3rd, 2012 by Leo Plaw Other language versions   

Dorothea Tanning Dies

Dorothea Tanning in her studio, New York

Dorothea  Tanning in her studio, New York.  (Photo: Wolfgang Wesener)

Dorothea Tanning (1910 – 2012) has died peacefully in her home in New York City on January 31, aged 101 years old.

Dorothea Tanning led a truly remarkable life, not because she lived so long but because she lived so fully. As a young woman, she pursued her dreams to become an artist, and now leaves behind a significant body of painting, sculpture, and works on paper created over the course of six decades. For 34 years, she shared a loving partnership with her husband, Max Ernst, first in the United States and later in France. After his death in 1976, she returned to New York and demonstrated that it is never to late to begin a new chapter in life. In her mid-seventies, she became more productive than ever in her studio, and in her mid-eighties launched a new and successful career as a writer and poet. She worked until her last days, publishing her second book of poems, “Coming to That”, in Autumn of 2011.

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