Dorothea Tanning, Surrealist Painter and Poet, Dies at 101

"Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" (1943) by Dorothea Tanning. (Tate)

Dorothea Tanning, the painter, poet and ballet-set designer who was an integral member of the European Surrealists during and after World War II, died yesterday at the age of 101. According to her publisher, Graywolf Press, she passed away of natural causes while sleeping.

Ms. Tanning, active as an artist for some eight decades, is perhaps best known for the Surrealist paintings she produced in the 1940s and ’50s. Like Magritte, her work often took the form of realistic depictions of disturbing, surreal situations, as in 1943’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, in which two apparently entranced young women are confronted by a giant yellow sunflower. Read More