On This Day in 1900, Yves Tanguy Was Born

Stay, You Must
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El saltimbanqui (Reste, el le faut)
Private Collection
Yves Tanguy was a devoted practitioner of Surrealism, having seen and been permanently struck by Giorgio di Chirico’s painting, Child’s Skull (1914). He was introduced to André Breton in Paris shortly thereafter, and Tanguy began to create and embrace his hallmark uncanny style, plainly seen in works like Stay, You Must (1927), and El Saltimbanqui (Reste, el le faut) (1927). Throughout his career, he was careful to distinguish himself artistically and philosophically from other artists. “Seeking is the important thing, not painting,” he said. “You may think painting is to show something new, but no: Picasso and Dalí do that, and they are monkeys. I don’t want to show anything or to teach anything. I’ve resisted learning all my life, and I don’t propose to start teaching others now.”