c. 1939
(French, 1900–1955)
Support: Off-white (probably wove) paper mounted on gray board
Sheet: 31.9 x 24.6 cm (12 9/16 x 9 11/16 in.); Secondary Support: 44.6 x 36.6 cm (17 9/16 x 14 7/16 in.)
© Estate of Yves Tanguy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Location: not on view
This artwork is known to be under copyright.

Download, Print and Share

Did You Know?

This drawing was made around the time that Yves Tanguy fled Europe for the United States, in November 1939, following the outbreak of World War II.


Yves Tanguy developed an interest in the surrealist movement during the early decades of the 20th century, creating vague but evocative and meticulously rendered images that suggested dreams and the subconscious. Using smoothly applied color, Tanguy painted enigmatic biomorphic forms that often suggest human or animal figures and cast dramatic shadows throughout the composition. These shapes are found in the present drawing, within a sparse setting. The gray background tones suggest underwater depths, and could relate to the artist's experience in the Merchant Navy during World War I.


c. 1939

Yves Tanguy

(French, 1900–1955)
France, 20th century

Visually Similar Artworks

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.