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 Yves Tanguy   (1900-1955)

  Sans Titre (Untitled)
  • ink on paper, circa 1937
  • signed in pencil center right recto
  • inscribed c.1937 | Coll. K.S.T. | #134D | 428.63 | TR 420.35 in pencil verso
  • paper size 12½" x 9½" (31.7 x 24.1 cm.)
  • Provenance:  Kay Sage, Woodbury, Connecticut (by descent from the artist)
  • Exhibited:  Robert Elkon Gallery, New York
Tanguy was invited by André Breton to become a member of the Surrealist group in 1925. Though Tanguy received no formal artistic training, his childhood summers spent near Finistère on the western coast of France would have a profound influence on his style that was to emerge by the 1930s. It was during these stays at Finistère that Tanguy observed prehistoric rock formations and objects floating on the water or washed up on the shore, elements that, subjectively transformed, frequently appear in the dream-world Tanguy created as a mature artist and can be identified in the present work. Also important was his trip to North Africa in 1930, where he observed natural geological structures and stratifications, which Tanguy incorporated into works such as this one.
Yves Tanguy - Sans Titre (Untitled) - circa 1937 ink on paper enlarge in new window

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