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25 January

Art History: Yves Tanguy


At the request of reader Peter, today we will take a look at Yves Tanguy (1900-1955), a French-American surrealist who passed away on this date 54 years ago.  

1. In 1922 or 1923, Yves Tanguy was so affected by a Giorgio de Chirico painting, “Le cerveau de l’enfant” (1914), that he took up painting himself, although he had never received any formal training. Upon glimpsing de Chirico’s painting in a gallery window while he was riding a bus, Tanguy actually jumped off the moving bus to get a closer look.

Read more about Yves Tanguy at mental_floss.

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