Yves Tanguy

1900 (Paris) – 1955 (Woodbury, Conn.)

Tanguy and Prévert met on military service. Duhamel rented a house so that the three could share it and “avoid misery”; Queneau and Péret also stayed there, with Breton among other surrealist visitors. Tanguy illustrated the work of Aragon, Tzara, Péret and Éluard, and approached Duchamp about the idea of moving to America. Motherwell had known Tanguy in France and kept up the friendship when he crossed the Atlantic. Lévi-Strauss was a Greenwich Village companion, Matta regarded him as mentor and friend, while Richter lived near him in Connecticut, involved him in a film, and introduced him to Huelsenbeck.