Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tanguy, Yves

The Absent Lady
Oil on canvas
115 x 89.5 cm
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

Yves Tanguy (1900-55).
French-born American painter, originally a merchant seaman.
Tanguy's most characteristic works are painted in a scrupulous technique reminiscent of that of Dalí, but his imagery is highly distinctive, featuring half marine and half lunar landscapes in which amorphous nameless objects proliferate in a spectral dream-space.
In January 1955, Tanguy suffered a fatal stroke at Woodbury, Connecticut. His body was cremated and his ashes preserved until the death of his wife, Kay Sage, in 1963. Later, his ashes were scattered by his friend on the beach at Douarnenez in his beloved Brittany, together with those of his wife.

Kay Sage met Yves in Europe just before WW II and convinced him to join her in New York. Yves then began to receive recognition of his work. The couple settled in Woodbury where each one had their own studio. Badly affected by the sudden death of Yves in 1955, Kay went blind, little by little, but nevertheless did finish the Complete Catalogue of Yves’ work before committing suicide in 1963.