The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) has acquired its first work by the US Surrealist Dorothea Tanning. She kept Tableau Vivant (1954) throughout her life, hanging it above her desk in her New York apartment. The painting, one of many depicting Tanning's Lhasa Apso terrier Katchina, was shown in her first UK exhibition in 1955. The NGS had “been looking for a major painting by Tanning for many years”, says its director of Modern and contemporary art, Simon Groom. The work was bought from Alison Jacques Gallery in London for £205,000, with £60,000 coming from the Art Fund and £75,000 from the Henry and Sula Walton Fund. Dorothea Tanning’s Tableau Vivant (1954). Courtesy of National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.