Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Dorothea Tanning

A giant sunflower has found its way into a seedy hotel corridor and lies beside its broken stem.


Oil on canvas
40.7 x 61 cm
Art Fund grant:
£59,379 ( Total: £156,250; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Mayor Gallery

Two of its petals are on the stairs and a third is held by a doll dressed in tattered garments leaning against a door. Nearby stands a girl, whose hair flies upwards as though struck by a violent gust of wind. According to the artist, the sunflower represents the 'never-ending battle we wage with unknown forces'.


Acquired from the artist by Sir Roland Penrose in Sept 1946. By descent to present owner, Anthony Penrose via Mayor Gallery.