Yves Tanguy 1900-1955

French Surrealist painter, born in Paris. Spent his childhood vacations at Finistère in Brittany, where the landscape with its menhirs and dolmens made a lasting impression on him. Went to sea for a year and a half as a student officer on cargo boats. During his military service in the army 1920-2, met the poet Jacques Prévert and served in Tunisia. On his return to Paris in 1922, worked at odd jobs and began to sketch in cafés. Started to paint in 1923, self-taught, after seeing early paintings by de Chirico. Met André Breton in 1925 and joined the Surrealist movement. Made the breakthrough into his mature style in 1927, characterised by abstractbiomorphic shapes resting or floating in a desert-like or under-water space. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Surréaliste, Paris, 1927. In 1930 visited Africa, where he was fascinated by the curious rock formations. Went to the USA in November 1939 and lived first in New York, then from 1942 at Woodbury, Connecticut. Married the American painter Kay Sage in 1940 and became a US citizen in 1948. Continued to develop the same style, but tended to use more intense colours and introduce an increasing number of stony or bone-like forms. Died in Woodbury.( http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/yves-tanguy-2023 )

Key Ideas

Tanguy’s symbolism is personal, reflecting his obsession with childhood memory, dreams, hallucinations and psychotic episodes. It defies explicit interpretation, and evokes a range of associations that engage the viewer’s imagination and emotions.

Tanguy’s landscapes strike a balance between realism and fantasy. Naturalistically-depicted objects hover in midair, or drift toward the sky. Masterful manipulations of scale and perspective, and keen observations of the natural world contribute to the hallucinatory effect of his scenes. His bizarre rock formations were most likely inspired by the terrain of Brittany, where his mother lived.

Like other Surrealists, Tanguy was preoccupied with dreams and the unconscious. What set him apart was the naturalistic precision with which he depicted the mind and its contents. This was his key contribution. More vividly than any artist before him, Tanguy imagined and depicted the unconscious as a place.


Yves Tanguy ‘The Invisibles’, 1951 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016Yves Tanguy ‘Azure Day’, 1937 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

Joan Miro

Born in 1893, Joan Miro was a famous, Spanish Catalan artist. He did works in sculpture, painting, and worked as a ceramist. Born in the sea port city of Barcelona, much of his work was influenced by the scenic seaside town, and the distinct style that he found in the area. His father was a watchmaker, and his mother worked as a goldsmith, which means that he was exposed to the arts, and working with various forms of art, from a young age in the home. Some of the work that has been recovered, stems back to 1901, when Joan Miro was only 8 years old. Screen Shot 2016-11-17 at 17.55.35.pngScreen Shot 2016-11-17 at 17.55.54.png


I research several artists and photographers , some information about their life and background ,also several work they are famous for .I don’t write each artists in the blog ,but I show it in my sketchbook , also I write some comment about the work in the sketchbook .

I really like this photograph , it’s quite interesting. The root connected with a house ,and it looks like the big tree grow up and become a big house. I guess the photographer might want to express the meaning is that the house or the home is the root of a family , it’s very stable and strong for ourselves.