Interiors in the world of women surrealist artists become strange, unfamiliar and uncanny spaces. They oppose the traditional view that a woman’s place in the world is confined to the home.
Some artworks examine conventional, eroticised representations of women in bedroom scenes. In other works, domestic interiors are depicted as dark, claustrophobic or barren spaces - the stuff of nightmares, such as Dorothea Tanning’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik or Remedios Varo’s Insomnia. Interior spaces take on different meanings, redefined as the spaces inside the artist’s head – spaces of memory, dream, desire and, above all, of freedom of imagination and expression.
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, (detail) 1943
Tate. Purchased with assistance from The Art Fund and the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, 1997
Insomnia, (detail) 1947
The Vera and Arturo Schwartz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art The Israel Museum Jerusalem