Yves Tanguy

French (Paris, France, 1900 - 1955, Woodbury, Connecticut)

Arrières-pensées (Second Thoughts)

painting | oil on canvas
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  • Arrières-pensées (Second Thoughts)

    Yves Tanguy, Arrières-pensées (Second Thoughts), 1939; oil on canvas, 36 1/8 in. x 29 1/4 in. (91.77 cm x 74.3 cm); Collection SFMOMA, © Estate of Yves Tanguy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Surrealists believed that dreams and reality could be resolved into a kind of absolute reality — or, as they dubbed it, surreality. Here, Tanguy presents what he called a mindscape: an eerie, illusionistic landscape that combines aspects of both realms.

The soft, opalescent palette and mysterious, biomorphic forms (bonelike shapes interconnected by delicately etched lines) give the feeling of being in another world, while the artist's use of traditional perspective creates the illusion of realistic, three-dimensional space.

36 1/8 in. x 29 1/4 in. (91.77 cm x 74.3 cm)
Acquired 1952
Collection SFMOMA
© Estate of Yves Tanguy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Surrealism, figures, imaginary, curves, connections, landscapes

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