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Belomancie I (Belomancy I)

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  • Yves Tanguy Paris, France, 1900 - Woodbury, Connecticut, USA, 1955
  • Date: 
    1927
  • Technique: 
    Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 
    55 x 38 cm
  • Category: 
    Painting
  • Entry date: 
    1989
  • Register number: 
    AS11014
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Having had no previous connection whatsoever, Yves Tanguy came into contact with Surrealism in 1925, gripped by a fascination for the theory and the practice of the movement led by André Breton. He immediately began to use Automatist procedures and, as he himself wrote in his text The Creative Process, always let himself be guided by the shapes that flowed from his pencil. Without necessarily contradicting the statement, Tanguy’s “mental landscapes” occasionally evoked the past of the artist himself, who began as a trainee pilot in the merchant navy. Belomancie I (Belomancy I) is one of these imaginary landscapes, born in the subconscious, populated by strange figures halfway between mineral and organic, and executed in a technique that represents the images in “logical” spaces using traditional perspectives. The result, however, is reminiscent of the strange formations found in the depths of the oceans.
The name Belomancie is a reference to the art of divination by arrows, but, as with the titles of other works by Tanguy, bears no relation to the content of the picture: it is a kind of trick to disorient the viewer and add to the enigmatic component.

Paloma Esteban Leal

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