Siderium Exaltatum (Starry Venusweed), 1997
Oil on canvas
97 x 130 cm, 38 1/4 x 51 1/8 ins unframedCopyright The Destina Foundation, New York
99 x 132 cm, 39 x 52 ins framed
published with kind permission
She painted 12 in all, one for each month of the year. She then sat down with the same number of her poet friends, including James Merrill, Adrienne Rich and John Ashbery, and together they made a book of paintings and poems Another Language of Flowers (George Braziller Inc, 2002). Since these were imaginary flowers, they then composed fictitious Latin names for them, some quite hilarious.
So we have Flagrantis speculum veneris, Convolutus alchemelia and the beautiful Siderium Exaltatum (pictured), which translates as Starry Venusweed. Here the artist really shows her command of colour, introducing painted light into the bell of the second Venusweed.
|Photograph of Dorothea Tanning|
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