Tanguy, Yves(ēv täNgē`), 1900–1955, French surrealist painter. At first a merchant seaman, he saw a picture by Chirico in 1923 and instantly decided to take up painting. He created vast imaginary dream landscapes, in which float strange, often amorphous, objects and personages—all meticulously painted. His spontaneous, subconscious imagery remained curiously static throughout his career. Tanguy moved to the United States in 1939. A number of his paintings are in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
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Tanguy, Yves(1900–57) painter; born in Paris, France. A former merchant marine officer, he became a self-taught surrealistic painter (c. 1925). He emigrated to America (1939) with his wife, Kay Sage, and lived in Woodbury, Conn. He is known for his mysterious and fantastic paintings, such as Fear (1949).
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