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Yves Tanguy

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Yves Tanguy | France 1900-1955 | Fumier à gauche, violettes à droite (Dung on the left, violets on the right) 1926 | Oil on board on backboard | 60.3 x 29.3cm | Purchased 1995 with a special allocation from the Queensland Government. | Celebrating the Queensland Art Gallery's Centenary 1895-1995 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Yves Tanguy, 1926/ARS. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2004.

Yves Tanguy, 'Fumier a gauche, violettes a droite (Dung on the left, violets on the right)', 1926

Yves Tanguy
France 1900-1955
Fumier à gauche, violettes à droite (Dung on the left, violets on the right) 1926
Oil on board on backboard
60.3 x 29.3cm
Purchased 1995 with a special allocation from the Queensland Government. Celebrating the Queensland Art Gallery's Centenary 1895-1995
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
© Yves Tanguy, 1926/ARS. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2004.

Yves Tanguy

Fumier à gauche, violettes à droite (Dung on the left, violets on the right) 1926

Yves Tanguy became a painter in 1923, after seeing a painting by Giorgio de Chirico. He joined the Surrealist group in 1925, remaining close friends with its leader, André Breton, for most of his life. Tanguy was attracted to the Surrealists' fascination with the inner world of the subconscious and arbitrary associations, where objects coexisted in bizarre and illogical conjunctions.

By 1926, when he painted Fumier à gauche, violettes à droite (Dung on the left, violets on the right), Tanguy had already developed a distinctive style of biomorphic forms floating in empty spaces or landscapes. (Many of his titles from this period refer to parapsychological phenomena.)

In the periodical View (May 1942), Breton described Tanguy's paintings as vast spaces in which 'formations of an entirely new character . . . crawl, stand erect, arch, sink and sometimes fly'. In this painting, a world of floating forms and shapes ― including microscopic creatures, a ghostly figure, lines, numbers and cryptic symbols ― drift in black space.

Recent scholarship on Tanguy's early work has demonstrated links with Celtic mythologies of metamorphosis in which wandering beings occupy worlds where no distinction is made between creation, life and death.