From the mid-1960s, Dorothea Tanning began painting semi-abstract works suggesting tangles of bodies, using oils on canvas. Speaking of another work employing similar techniques she painted a year earlier, Même les jeunes filles (Even the Young Girls)
1968, Tanning said ‘By this time I had been finding real pleasure in the tumultuous movement of bodies combined with more assertive juxtapositions of colour, hotter colour… Painting them, I felt like a choreographer.’ Inutile (Useless)
has a cooler palette and softer, more blurred brushwork, giving this tangle a feeling of stillness.
The largest size variation we are able to offer this print in is 60 x 80 cm.
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 89 x 116 cm The Destina Foundation © DACS, 2018
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.