3
3
Yves Tanguy
COMPOSITION
Estimate
Irrevocable Bids
Lots with this symbol indicate that a party has provided Sotheby’s with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures that the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of the irrevocable bid, will be compensated based on the final hammer price in the event he or she is not the successful bidder or may receive a fixed fee in the event he or she is the successful bidder. If the irrevocable bidder is the successful bidder, the fixed fee (if applicable) for providing the irrevocable bid may be netted against the irrevocable bidder’s obligation to pay the full purchase price for the lot and the purchase price reported for the lot shall be net of such fixed fee. If the irrevocable bid is not secured until after the printing of the auction catalogue, a pre-lot announcement will be made indicating that there is an irrevocable bid on the lot. If the irrevocable bidder is advising anyone with respect to the lot, Sotheby’s requires the irrevocable bidder to disclose his or her financial interest in the lot. If an agent is advising you or bidding on your behalf with respect to a lot identified as being subject to an irrevocable bid, you should request that the agent disclose whether or not he or she has a financial interest in the lot.
Artist's Resale Right
Purchase of lots marked with this symbol will be subject to the payment of the artist's resale right.
Double Dagger
Indicates that the lot is being sold whilst subject to Temporary Importation, and that VAT is due at the reduced rate
Guaranteed Property
Guaranteed Property. The seller of lots with this symbol has been guaranteed a minimum price from one auction or a series of auctions. If every lot in a catalogue is guaranteed, the Conditions of Sale will so state and this symbol will not be used for each lot.
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
3
Yves Tanguy
COMPOSITION
Estimate
Irrevocable Bids
Lots with this symbol indicate that a party has provided Sotheby’s with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures that the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of the irrevocable bid, will be compensated based on the final hammer price in the event he or she is not the successful bidder or may receive a fixed fee in the event he or she is the successful bidder. If the irrevocable bidder is the successful bidder, the fixed fee (if applicable) for providing the irrevocable bid may be netted against the irrevocable bidder’s obligation to pay the full purchase price for the lot and the purchase price reported for the lot shall be net of such fixed fee. If the irrevocable bid is not secured until after the printing of the auction catalogue, a pre-lot announcement will be made indicating that there is an irrevocable bid on the lot. If the irrevocable bidder is advising anyone with respect to the lot, Sotheby’s requires the irrevocable bidder to disclose his or her financial interest in the lot. If an agent is advising you or bidding on your behalf with respect to a lot identified as being subject to an irrevocable bid, you should request that the agent disclose whether or not he or she has a financial interest in the lot.
Artist's Resale Right
Purchase of lots marked with this symbol will be subject to the payment of the artist's resale right.
Double Dagger
Indicates that the lot is being sold whilst subject to Temporary Importation, and that VAT is due at the reduced rate
Guaranteed Property
Guaranteed Property. The seller of lots with this symbol has been guaranteed a minimum price from one auction or a series of auctions. If every lot in a catalogue is guaranteed, the Conditions of Sale will so state and this symbol will not be used for each lot.
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sale

|
London

Yves Tanguy
1900 - 1955
COMPOSITION
signed Yves Tanguy and dated 50 (lower left)
gouache on paper
50 by 32.6cm.
19 3/4 by 12 7/8 in.
Executed in 1950.
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

It is the current intention of the Yves Tanguy Committee to include this work in the forthcoming revised Catalogue raisonné under preparation by the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

Provenance

Marcel Duchamp, New York (acquired from the artist)

Maria Martins, Brazil

Harold Diamond, New York

Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne

Richard Dreyfus, Basel (acquired from the above in 1969)

Sale: Christie's, London, 28th June 1983, lot 223

Richard Feigen & Co., New York

Private Collection, New York (sold: Sotheby's, London, 29th June 1994, lot 257)

Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Sète, Musée Paul Valéry, Deux visions du surréalisme, 2016, no. 56, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Literature

René Le Bihan, Renée Mabin & Martica Sawin, Yves Tanguy, Quimper, 2001, no. 109, illustrated in colour p. 190 (with incorrect medium)

Catalogue Note

The haunting imagery of Yves Tanguy's works stems from his experience growing up in Northern France during the First World War. Dilapidated buildings, piles of rubble and the bleak terrain of abandoned battlefields were common sights throughout northern France. Tanguy’s summers in Brittany provided further inspiration, with the region’s characteristic prehistoric rock formations often appearing in his dreamlike landscapes. These spectacles had a significant effect on Surrealist imagery, particularly for Tanguy, whose landscapes capture ‘the sense of empty, abandoned, ghostly wasteland of the war-torn terrain’ (Sidra Stich in Anxious Visions, Surrealist Art (exhibition catalogue), University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, 1990, p. 87).

A slow and scrupulous craftsman, Tanguy paid meticulous attention to his seemingly sparse compositions. He depicts the ‘inscapes’ of the mind, represented here as a vast landscape of the imagination with indecipherable protozoan inhabitants, seemingly balanced on the brink between order and chaos. Tanguy wrote: ‘The element of surprise in the creation of a work of art is, to me, the most important factor - surprise to the artist himself as well as to others. I work very irregularly and by crises. Should I see the reasons for my painting, I would feel that it would be a self-imprisonment' (Yves Tanguy quoted in ‘The creative process’ in Art Digest, vol. 28, New York, 15th January 1954, p. 14).

Composition was first owned by Marcel Duchamp, who by 1950 had gained international fame as a pioneer of Conceptual Art through celebrated works such as Fountain and Bicycle Wheel. Duchamp and Tanguy were both at the forefront of the Parisian and American avant-garde. This artistic collaboration was showcased by Tanguy’s participation in Le Surréalisme en 1947, an exhibition organised by André Breton and Marcel Duchamp at Galerie Maeght in Paris. 

Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sale

|
London