Yves Tanguy

Tanguy.jpgYves Tanguy by Georges Platt Lynes, 1942.

About the Catalogue Raisonné

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is sponsoring the revised Catalogue Raisonné of all paintings, gouaches and objects by the pioneering surrealist artist Yves Tanguy (1900-1955).

Tanguy, who had been a schoolmate of Pierre Matisse in Paris, immigrated to the United States in 1939 with American painter Kay Sage (1898-1963), whom he married. The Pierre Matisse Gallery represented Tanguy for the last fifteen years of his life. Following his death in 1955, Pierre Matisse began working with Kay Sage to compile a complete record of her late husband’s work, published in 1963 as Yves Tanguy, A Summary of His Work.

Recognizing that this publication was incomplete, Pierre continued to gather and update documentation on Tanguy’s work with the intention of publishing a definitive edition of the catalogue. Because of Pierre’s longstanding devotion to the Yves Tanguy Catalogue Raisonné project, its completion became a priority for Tana.  In 1999, she established a committee of experts to determine the contents of the revised catalogue. Today, the Committee Members are Karin von Maur, Agnes de la Beaumelle, Timothy Baum and Charles Stuckey. Owners of works by Tanguy are encouraged to contact the Committee.

Submitting a Work to the Yves Tanguy Committee

The final meeting of the Yves Tanguy Committee will take place from September 25-28, 2017 at The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation offices in New York. All owners of paintings, gouaches and objects by Tanguy are encouraged to contact Charles Stuckey, Head of Research, as soon as possible to obtain an Owner's Form at yvestanguycatalogue@artifexpress.com.

Owner's Forms must be signed by the owner of the work and not any proxy.

In order to begin the review process, the owner will need to provide the following information:

  • The owner’s name and contact information
  • The artwork’s title, date, medium, and dimensions
  • Digital images (preferably TIFF or jpg format, 300 dpi, 8 x 10 inches) of the work of art, front and back, including any labels or inscriptions on the canvas, stretcher or any protective backing
  • All available information regarding provenance, exhibition history and bibliography
  • Any additional documentation supporting the work

All information submitted is strictly confidential.



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