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Some Roses and Their Phantoms

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Some Roses and Their Phantoms, 1952 — Dorothea Tanning
76.3 cm101.5 cm

Some Roses and Their Phantoms is a Surrealist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Dorothea Tanning in 1952. It lives at the Tate Modern in London. The image is © DACS, 2019, and used according to Educational Fair Use, and tagged Flowers and Still Lifes. Source

"Here some roses from a very different garden sit?, lie?, stand?, gasp, dream?, die? – on white linen. They may serve you tea or coffee. As I saw them take shape on the canvas I was amazed by their solemn colors and their quiet mystery that called for – seemed to demand – some sort of phantoms. So I tried to give them their phantoms and their still-lifeness. Did I succeed? Clearly they are not going to tell me, but the white linen gave me a good feeling as if I had folded it myself, then opened it on the table."

— Dorothea Tanning, from Birthday and Beyond, exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia Museum of Art 2000, n.p.

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