Brunidor Portfolio No. 1, Plate 1: Rhabdomancie

Brunidor Portfolio No. 1, Plate 1: Rhabdomancie

1947

Yves Tanguy

(French, 1900-1955)

Edition Brunidor, New York

published by

Color etching

Support: Wove paper

Platemark: 29.7 x 22.4 cm (11 11/16 x 8 13/16 in.); Sheet: 40.7 x 33 cm (16 x 13 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2016.4

Catalogue raisonné: Wittrock 13

Edition: 22/70

Description

In his Surrealist compositions, the painter and printmaker Yves Tanguy conjured mysterious forms that seem to float in otherworldly expanses. Although rhabdomancie means dowsing, or searching underground for water, Surrealist titles were not meant to explain content but to set a poetic mood. The three figures in this composition could be involved in the activity of searching; accessing the subconscious played an important role in Tanguy’s artistic practice.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Etching
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Color etching

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