Dorothea Tanning, Nue couchée ,1969-70, Photo ©Tate.jpg

Surrealism was a spark that ignited these women’s self-awareness and assertiveness. In the 1940s, the American artist Dorothea Tanning offered a fresh and critical perspective on the predominantly male and European surrealist approach . Her ‘soft sculptures’ are made of textile filled with ping pong balls and seem surprisingly contemporary.