Yves Tanguy

Tanguy.jpgYves Tanguy by Georges Platt Lynes, 1942.

About the Catalogue Raisonné

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is sponsoring the publication of the Yves Tanguy Catalogue Raisonné, a comprehensive volume of all paintings and works on paper with color by the artist.

A schoolmate of Pierre Matisse in Paris, Tanguy was an active member of the Surrealism movement and joined the group by 1926.  Along with many other surrealists, he emigrated to the United States in 1939 with American-born painter Kay Sage, whom he married in 1940. The couple settled in Woodbury, CT, to be near their artist friends.

The Pierre Matisse Gallery represented Tanguy starting in 1939, when he arrived in the United States. Following his death in 1955, Pierre Matisse began working with Kay Sage to document her late husband’s work. This compilation was published in 1963 in a volume called Yves Tanguy, A Summary of His Work.

Recognizing that it was incomplete, Pierre continued to assemble and update documentation on Tanguy’s work toward a definitive edition of the catalogue. Because of Pierre’s investment in the Yves Tanguy Catalogue Raisonné project, its completion became a priority for Tana.  In 1999, she established a committee of experts to evaluate all new materials.  While committee members have changed, the process of evaluation continues to maintain its strict standards.

Submission Procedure

Owners of works by Yves Tanguy are encouraged to contact the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation with the following information about the work:

  • The owner’s name and contact information
  • The artwork’s title, date, medium, and dimensions
  • Professionally-shot digital images (preferably TIFF or jpg format) of the artwork’s front and its verso, showing the canvas and its stretcher
  • All available information regarding provenance, bibliography, and exhibition history
  • Any additional documentation supporting the work

If the work is not known, the Foundation will send the owner information on how to submit the work for consideration.

All information submitted is strictly confidential.                 

The Committee meets once a year when convenient to the participants. If you would like information about the next committee meeting please email us at: ytanguycatalogue@pmgmf.org.



Pierre and Tana Matisse in their New York City home.
Photograph by Hans Namuth for Connaissance des Arts, February 1987.



Tana Matisse enjoying the company of Joan Miró at the artist’s home in Mallorca, circa 1980



Pierre and Tana Matisse with Marc Chagall at a reception at The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977



Pierre and Tana Matisse visiting Balthus and Setsuko Ideta in Rossinière, Switzerland, circa 1988



Tana Matisse and Zao Wou-Ki in his studio, ca. 1992



The entrance of the Pierre Matisse Gallery in the Fuller building in NYC where Pierre Matisse maintained his gallery for over 50 years