Austrian painter Manina Tischler’s drawings, paintings, and collage works exemplify the dreamlike imaginings of Surrealism. Like many of her European contemporaries, Tischler emigrated to the United States during World War II. She began creating art in the mid-1940s, spending time in Los Angeles and New York, where she had her first solo show, an exhibition of drawings at the Hugo Gallery in 1951. Upon her return to Venice a few years later, Tischler’s home became a gathering place for artists, including Lucio Fontana. She gained popularity among French surrealists in the 1950s, and her work prompted André Breton to identify her as a “born Surrealist”, saying “Manina speaks only of the true nature of things, she is pure poetry.”

Day to Night
oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 47 1/4 in.
The Trap
mixed media on panel
11 x 11 in.