Dorothea Tanning

Étreinte

1969
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This is one of a series of soft sculptures that Tanning made in the late 60s and early 70s. Étreinte means ‘embrace’, and this sculpture, with its stuffed faux fur and peach flannel semi-abstract figures, gives the impression of two dancers engaged in a balletic embrace. The choice of soft, perishable fabrics was a deliberate one, as Tanning explained in an interview once: ‘I am often told, What a pity your sculptures aren't more solid. They might as well say dead, or paralyzed. No, I'm sorry for them that it should have happened that way. But it did. When you fall in love you don't ask the beloved, How long are you going to live?’

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  • Artist Dorothea Tanning
  • Artwork Étreinte
  • Exhibition Dorothea Tanning
  • Date of work 1969
  • Credit Original: Wool flannel and fake fur stuffed with wool 101 x 101 x 48 cm The Destina Foundation © DACS, 2018
About the artist
Dorothea Tanning (1910 – 2012) was an American artist, writer and poet. Aside from three weeks of tuition at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art in 1930, she was entirely self-taught. Although often described as a Surrealist artist, after the 1940s Tanning moved away from surrealist themes and evolved her own personal style. She lived with her fellow artist and husband, Max Ernst, in France from 1949 until Ernst’s death in 1976. In 1980, she moved to New York, and after a decade of studio art there, turned to writing and poetry in the 1990s, which she continued until her death at the age of 101.
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We aim to deliver custom prints within 10 working days. For countries outside of Europe, delivery may take up to 20 days.

As each print is handmade to order they take a little longer to prepare. We’ll dispatch your order as soon as it is ready, separately from any other items.

UNFRAMED PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £3.60 per order

Europe — £12.00 per order

Rest of world — £28.00 per order

FRAMED & CANVAS PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £7.50 per print

Europe — £20.00 per print

Rest of world — £50.00 per print

We currently offer free standard delivery on all UK orders over £50. Here’s more information on delivery.

REFUNDS & RETURNS

As custom prints are made to order, unfortunately we cannot accept returns if you have changed your mind or made a mistake.

If we have made a mistake, or there is a problem with your order, then please contact our customer service team at shop.online@tate.org.uk or by phone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (Monday – Friday, 9.45–18.00).

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