Mama, Papa is wounded

Mama, Papa is wounded Painting by Yves Tanguy.

Mama, Papa is wounded by Yves Tanguy

Mama, Papa is wounded by Yves Tanguy was produced in 17th Century and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Modern Art movement. The work can be viewed now at Modern Museum of Art, New York


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): soldiers, wounded


Mama, Papa is wounded is an oil painting produced in 1927 by French painter Yves Tanguy.

Mama, Papa is wounded title was taken from the psychiatric textbooks.

This painting evokes a post-apocalyptic wasteland through its vast surface and light. The work of great Surrealist artist Giorgio de Chirico was being inspired in this painting through the objects flying and casting their dark shadows on the surface. A cactus like figure similar to a spider was floating near the horizon seems neither free nor in captivity. The title of the painting Mama, Papa is wounded does not clarify the picture meaning because Surrealism art says that there should be a relationship with the pictures and words used to describe them. Yves Tanguy with Breton help who knew the method of Sigmund Freud in treating the damaged soldiers psychologically prepared notes and ideas from the damaged soldiers to use those words and meaning as the title and images ideas for the painting.

Several interpretations of the painting were made and some of it made references to the violence of First World War and highlighted the scary and anxiety mood. The Papa was represented by the standing figure of yellow color while the Mama was represented by the cactus. The child of the Mama and Papa was represented by the amorphous mass.

There were several other painters such as Wolfgang Paalen, Esteban Frances and Robert Matta were inspired from Yves Tangu’s style of work in Surrealist and they all adopted this style in 1930. A French animated movie Le Roi et l’oiseau was inspired from the work of Tanguy which was made by Paul Grimault and Prevert.

The work can be viewed at Museum of Modern Art, New York


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