Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tanguy, Yves

Indefinite Divisibility
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 88.9 cm (40 x 35 in)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Tanguy, Yves (1900-55).
French-born American painter.
Originally a merchant seaman, he was impelled to take up painting after seeing pictures by
Chirico and in 1925 joined the Surrealist group.
His paintings have a unique, immediately recognizable style of nonrepresentational surrealism. They show vast, abstract landscapes, mostly in a tightly limited palette of colors, only occasionally showing flashes of contrasting color accents.