South Polar QuadrilleArtist(s)John TunnardObject Creation Date1947Medium & Supportink, colored crayons, watercolor and gouache on white wove paperDimensions
15 1/8 x 22 1/16 in. (38.4 x 56 cm);26 1/8 x 32 1/8 in. (66.2 x 81.5 cm);15 3/16 x 22 1/8 in. (38.42 x 56.04 cm)Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
This imaginary depiction of the Antarctic landscape reveals Tunnard’s skills as a subtle watercolorist. The painter creates dazzling effects of light and transparency—from the iridescent effects of the aurora australis, rainbows, and constellations of the Southern Cross. The combination of strange, bonelike figures of indeterminate dimensions in an unfathomable setting evokes the mysterious worlds of Tanguy. A lifelong naturalist, Tunnard forged an otherworldly realm where dream and science intermingle.
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998Primary Object ClassificationDrawingCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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