"Feu a Eclat" by Yves Tanguy
Color Lithograph, 1953, Ed. 50, Ref. Wittrock A, 17-3/4 x 15-7/8, on cream wove Arches Velin paper, with small top & side margins and large bottom margin as originally issued. Signed and dated by Yves Tanguy in pencil. This large and striking color lithograph was produced by the legendary firm of Mourlot in collaboration with the artist after his painting of 1950, to promote a 1953 Paris exhibition of his work. Years earlier Tanguy contributed a small black & white lithograph to the famous catalog designed by Duchamp for the exhibition "Surrealism in 1947". Here in 1953, we see Tanguy refining Feu a Eclat by cropping at top and right of what was mostly empty background in the original painting to tighten the composition and focus attention on the intricate and mysterious forms. The modulated color, tonal nuance, and large size unique to this color lithograph endow it with a visual impact and wall power akin to Tanguy's easel paintings. His other graphic work consists of small etchings, only occasionally printed in color. For a further discussion of this uncommon print, see my article: ("after" Yves Tanguy's Feu a Eclat) on the back cover of the July 2016 issue of Journal of the Print World.