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Frieze of 6 Erotic Original Watercolour Drawings by Dorothea Tanning

Tanning, Dorothea

Paris. c.1965
An original watercolour 'frieze' / leporello / letter by Dorothea Tanning.

The 6 drawings in the frieze depict women in erotic or post coital poses; each is executed in watercolour and pencil on a single folded sheet of Japon paper with short manuscript text under each one, 'Ecoute mon amie / Tu me manque / aussi / on verra t'on / à Paris / LOVE / DOROTHEA.' (Listen my friend / I miss you / Also / Will we see each other / in Paris.).

Sent as a letter to her friend Germaine Labarthe (wife of the artist Philippe Labarthe). Tanning and her husband Max Ernst became friends with the Labarthes when they returned to live in Paris after the war.

Ernst and Tanning met Ylipe (Philippe) and Germaine Larbarthe after their return to France at the end of the war and they built up a close professional and personal relationship, as evidenced by this folded invitation or letter.
Single sheet. (130 x 660 mm). 6 watercolour drawings, recto only, folded for mailing to form a leporello or card.

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