Suzan Pitt (1943-2019)
was a painter and animator, whose career lasted more than four decades. She was
known for her acclaimed surrealist films.
Her first film was released in 1970, and
her best-known work, Asparagus, debuted in 1979 at the Whitney Museum of
American Art. She was also a professor at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts
at Harvard, and later at the California Institute of the Arts.
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012)
was an American artist working in a variety of mediums, such as painting,
sculpture, and printmaking. She was an important representative of the
Her only formal training consisted of three weeks at the
Chicago Academy of Fine Art. Despite this, her work was highly appreciated and
shown at galleries around the world. Today, her art can be seen in places such
as Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris or the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The piece illustrated above is a 1942 self-portrait entitled Birthday.