Tanguy and Royère: A Winning Duo

On 12 March 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

Yves Tanguy and Jean Royère, each stars in their own field, lit up the bidding with their organic forms.

Yves Tanguy (1900-1955), Elle viendra, 1950, oil on canvas, 46 x 35.5 cm (18.1 x 13.9 in).
Result: €892,800

Yves Tanguy's astonishing inner world, too out of kilter with his times to bring him success and financial security, is now perceived in all its significance. Here his 1950 oil on canvas, enigmatically entitled Elle viendra (She Will Come), garnered a comprehending €892,800. La Gazette recalled the unfailing friendship between the Franco-American artist and Marie-Louise and Jehan Mayoux, in whose family this painting remained until this sale. His singular aestheticism, developed from strange forms dubbed "object-beings" by Andre Breton, gradually moved towards greater simplification. These figures resembling nothing else, except perhaps petrified minerals, no longer proliferated and were aligned statically in the foreground of the space, against post-apocalyptic skies. Here they rise up like obelisks, with a hint of menace.

All this has nothing in common with the complicated undulations of Jean Royère. The leading designer of the 1950s and 60s, whose furniture is now considered iconic, learned to domesticate light. Not to imprison it: on the contrary, he let it grow and change by suspending it from free forms, in movement. Nature guided him and ivy and Virginia creeper inspired him, taking shape during the early 1960s as various Liane wall lamps, including this five-light model in metal with a golden patina, which fetched a shining €471,200. Other fine results throughout the afternoon brought the total proceeds to €1,673,880.

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