Yves Tanguy

Promontory Palace


This strange landscape of corrugated fortifications, watchtowers, earthworks, and unnamable 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 dreams.

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Artist Yves Tanguy
Original Title Palais promontoire
Date 1931
Medium Oil and graphite on canvas
Dimensions 73 x 60 cm
Credit line Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)
Accession 76.2553 PG 94
Collection Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Type Painting

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