Object Image

At the Risk of the Sun

Strange, organic forms appear in this dramatically illuminated, desolate landscape. A heart form can be seen on the right. To the left is an imaginative array of stacked shapes, referencing parts of human and animal bodies. Yves Tanguy and other Surrealist artists sought to reveal the contents of the unconscious mind. Inspired by Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theories, they depicted images from their dreams, nightmares, and memories. Tanguy based this image on the prehistoric stone monuments he saw as a child in Brittany, France.

Gift of the Friends of Art...

Oil on canvas
28.0 x 16.0in
Text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023
Image: Estate of Yves Tanguy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Where you'll find this

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Permanent collection