Yves Tanguy
The Invisibles 1951

Artwork details

Yves Tanguy 1900–1955
The Invisibles
Les Transparents
Date 1951
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 987 x 810 mm
frame: 1115 x 938 x 60 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1964
Not on display

Display caption

Tanguy moved to the United States in 1939 with the painter Kay Sage, paving the way for the Surrealists' wartime exile in New York. Influenced by the light and space of America, Tanguy began to work on a larger scale. His new works featured partly mechanical, partly biomorphic forms set against awesome skies. The title of this painting can be related to the Surrealists' preoccupation in the 1940s with the theme of otherworldly beings - 'invisibles' - that escape normal understanding.

December 2005

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