Dorothea Tanning Personne 1962 (Prints executed 1959-1961).

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The Surrealists of the 1920s and '30s played a game they called "exquisite corpse," a collaborative activity in which each individual would add to a drawing or text without seeing the contributions of the other participants. The surprising results were thought to reveal the subconscious. A long–time member of the Surrealist group, Tanning continued to use the technique in work she did alone, here by cutting etchings into strips to allow for the mixing of parts.

Gallery label from Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, July 30–November 10, 2008.
Léna Leclercq
Illustrated book with nine etchings, two with aquatint and one with drypoint
plate (each, uncut): 7 5/8 x 6" (19.4 x 15.3 cm); page (each): 12 x 9 3/4" (30.5 x 24.7 cm); overall: 12 5/16 x 10 1/8 x 3/8" (31.2 x 25.7 x 1 cm)
Éditions Georges Visat & Cie., Paris
Éditions Georges Visat & Cie., Paris
Gift of the Curt Valentin Estate (by exchange)
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