Yves Tanguy ( French, 1900 - 1955 )
A bizarre landscape is filled with scuttling shapes that cast long shadows over a smooth gray plain. Yves Tanguy joined the surrealist circle in 1925 and began a period of prolific work. His preference for black paintings may allude to the impact of the unconscious on the creative process, a favorite theme for the surrealists. His paintings became increasingly mysterious, featuring dark landscapes inhabited by odd, biomorphic shapes, suggesting dreamscapes or underwater vistas. Though Tanguy later adopted a more precise style, his brushstroke here is still surprisingly painterly, and he experiments with scratching fine details into the painted surface.
Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2010.
- Guggenheim, New York
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