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Yves Tanguy

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Promontory Palace (Palais promontoire), 1931
Oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 94
© Yves Tanguy, by SIAE 2008


This weird landscape of corrugated fortifications, watchtowers, earthworks and unnameable molten forms, with a sundial and flying whiskers, is rendered subterranean or sub-aqueous by the ambiguity of the ‘sky’, which seems to be solid. It belongs to a series of works called ‘les coulées’ (flowing forms) inspired by a visit to Tunis in 1930, where Tanguy was impressed by the African landscape. The strangeness of this vision resembles a nightmare: this is characteristic of Surrealism’s interest in the irrational activity of the sub-conscious as expressed in dream.

credits: Hangar Design Group