Yves Tanguy, There, Motion Has Not Yet Ceased, 1945

From the Guggenheim:

In 1945, Tanguy painted a group of boldly colored abstract landscapes, including There, Motion Has Not Yet Ceased (Là ne finit pas encore le mouvement). In this work, a group of osseous figures outfitted in what seems to be military costumes confront a rectangular contraption defended by red-and white-striped lances, into which an assortment of organ parts is crowded. This confrontation of merciless myrmidons and victims may be read as Tanguy’s commentary on the Holocaust’s gas chambers.

Though self-taught, Tanguy developed a remarkable mastery of oil painting. Incorporating the childhood fantasies and Celtic myths of Brittany, allusions to natural topography, and the Surrealist fascination with the unconscious, Tanguy’s work defines a fully realized universe. His dreamscapes, at once alien and familiar, offer an accessible pathway to the realms of the human imagination.


~ by The Gallery Goddess on February 26, 2012.

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