YVES TANGUY (1900 - 1955)
Signed Yves Tanguy (center right)
Pen and ink on paper
12½ by 9½ in. (31.8 by 24.1 cm)
Framed: 21¼ by 18¼ in. (54 by 46.4 cm)
Executed circa 1937.
This work is in excellent condition. Executed on cream wove paper. All four corners of the sheet have been mounted with photo corners. The top edge of the sheet is deckled. The edges are very lightly time stained. There are very minor accretions of blue pigment along the left and right edges, possibly inherent to the artist's process. There is a single nick to the upper-left corner. There is minor, scattered staining throughout the sheet.
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Kay Sage, Woodbury, Connecticut (by descent from the artist)
Robert Elkon Gallery, New York (and sold: Sotheby's, London, June 29, 1972, lot 57)
Private Collection, New York (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, New York, September 13, 2005, lot 110)
Gallery of Surrealism, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above on March 3, 2006
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.