Yves Tanguy
Azure Day 1937

Artwork details

Yves Tanguy 1900–1955
Azure Day
La Journée Bleue
Date 1937
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 630 x 812 mm
frame:740 x 950 x 58 mm
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax on the estate of Cynthia Fraser, Chairman of the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965-71, and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1996

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Tanguy joined the Surrealist movement in 1925, the year after its foundation. Despite his lack of training, he began to paint and soon achieved an astonishing technical precision, depicting vast dream-like spaces. The foreground in Azure Day is occupied by grouped and piled forms that defy rational explanation. They have been associated with the ancient standing stones of Tanguy’s native Brittany.

February 2011