French-born American painter.
Originally a merchant seaman, he was impelled to take up painting after
seeing pictures by
and in 1925 joined the
group. In 1939 he emigrated to the USA, where he lived for the rest of
his life, marrying the American Surrealist painter
in 1940 and becoming an American citizen in 1948. Tanguy's most
characteristic works are painted in a scrupulous technique reminiscent
of that of
but his imagery is highly distinctive, featuring half marine and half
lunar landscapes in which amorphous nameless objects proliferate in a
(The Invisibles, Tate Gallery, London, 1951).
1942 (110 Kb); Oil on canvas, 101.6 x 88.9 cm (40 x 35 in);
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY