Yves Tanguy

Tanguy.jpgYves Tanguy by Georges Platt Lynes, 1942.


As of January 31, 2020, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation has suspended support for the publication of the revised catalogue raisonné of the paintings, gouaches and objects by Yves Tanguy. The project was initiated in 1999 by Tana Matisse to complete a task overseen by Pierre Matisse from 1963 until his death. This project was guided by a Tanguy Committee of experts who determined what works attributed to Tanguy that appeared after the publication of the initial 1963 catalogue raisonné would or would not be included in the revised publication.  Providing funds for the project since 2003, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation has over the years evolved to focus its funding for innovative arts programs in underserved New York schools and the Tanguy project became increasingly marginal to its core mission.  It is the intention of the Foundation to preserve all materials related to the Tanguy project with the hope that a scholarly organization whose mission includes catalogue raisonnés will continue this important project.



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