space and emotional landscapes

22 Feb

Today it’s the Surrealist march! 😀
So enter: Raymond Georges Yves Tanguy (also known as Yves Tanguy)!
ps: WHAT’S NEXT IS My own way of thinking! enjoy! :)

Q: Who was him??
A: He was a French Surrealist painter from XX-th Century.

Q: What about his life?
A: He was a son of a retired navy captain and in 1918, Yves Tanguy briefly joined the merchant navy before being drafted into the Army, where he befriended Jacques Prévert.
At the end of his military service in 1922, he returned to Paris, where he worked various odd jobs.
By chance, he stumbled upon a painting by Giorgio de Chirico and was so deeply impressed he resolved to become a painter himself in spite of his complete lack of formal training.

Q: What about his style?
A: Let me show a bit and after we can discuss.








Now, you can see the influence of Dali here.
But a little more Science fiction world: lots of people-objects, lots of space between as been in a new Universe, from different Planets.
Tanguy’s paintings have an unique, a style of nonrepresentational Surrealism.
He shows us vasts, abstracts landscapes, mostly in a tightly limited palette of colors, only occasionally showing flashes of contrasting color accents.
Typically, these alien landscapes are populated with various abstract shapes, sometimes angular and sharp as shards of glass, sometimes with an intriguingly organic look to them, like giant amoebae suddenly turned to stones.

Q: What is his most impressive painting?
A: THIS one!

Maman, Papa est blessé!/ Mama, Papa is Wounded!

Maman, Papa est blessé!/ Mama, Papa is Wounded!

This title was after psychiatric textbooks, it’s like a full emptiness of the plain, the solitary plant – the cactus with beans- balloons-, the smoke – supported by a pole is for not to enter in the whole space or do not grow everywhere – smoke being an embodiment of death itself -, the helplessness of the small figures = dad and his shadow, beans – maybe his mother? and his reflection too- … it’s a psychological test of sadness, melancholy, despair, like a cry in (the) face of death to not permanently lose a loved one ( his father ).

Q: How was his … personal life?
A: Like all artists- or not- he had 2 marriages,one in the youth, and the one with the artist Kay Sage. He ended with his STROKE and with his body cremated, as a citizen of SUA (following his second wife and living there).

Q: What you can say about this painting?

He Did What He Wanted

He Did What He Wanted

A: Let me see… well is a misty plan, with reflections of the first plan in the last and the other figures ( humanized turned into rocks ), with many shades of gray that attack again the idea of ​​extreme sadness, as a cry against death. Is a scientific landscape – fantastic- that leaves us in a solitude full of questions – of its origin, the life course ( that dense fog on white mixed with gray WHICH NOT might have been a fad plan only white or gray ). Its sadness dripping from his subconscious message and enters in viewer’s retina.

Q: What do you like at Yves Tanguy?
A: The human condition taken to the extreme in a different plane, in other psychological lands: loneliness, sadness, denial of being, subconscious reflections as shadows of good or evil, being without sense or the involution by too many feelings into stones – which are eroded by time or of water infiltration – or we, humans are stones, seen from space – or another planet ?-.

jour de lenteur/the  slow day

jour de lenteur/the slow day


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