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Multiplicatiion of the Arcs, 1954 by Yves Tanguy (1900-1955, France) | | ArtsDot.com

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Multiplicatiion of the Arcs

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During 1952 and 1953 Tanguy produced a marvelous series of drawings, but few paintings, in part because of ill health, in part because he and his wife traveled abroad to attend the openings of their solo exhibitions in Paris and Rome. (Tanguy also showed his pictures in Milan.) But back in Woodbury, to his vast relief, he began to work again, painting the fine The Mirage of Time, and the two sparkling little canvases, Saltimbanques and Where Are You? And during the final months of his life he completed what is almost certainly the greatest work of his entire, dedicated career -- Multiplication of the Arcs. he picture is sort of a boneyard of the world, its inexplicable objects gathered in fantastic profusion before a soft and brooding sky. The close gradations of light, tone and form are handled with such acumen that a pristine order evolves, whose poetic impact is more than likely to establish the picture as one of the masterworks in the art of our time.
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