Kay Sage (Tanguy)






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        Biography
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        American painter and poet. Born in Albany, New York, in 1898, died in 1963 in Woodbury, Connecticut, US.

        Originally from a wealthy and conservative New York State family, when her parents seperated in 1900 she lived abroad with her mother; in 1925 married Prince Ranieri di San Faustino and for ten years lived in Rome and Rapallo...


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        Enlarge image | I Saw Three Cities, 1944 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 36 x 27 7/8. The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton. New Jersey
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      • BIOGRAPHY

        First one-woman exhibition at the Galeria del Milione, Milan, in 1936. By 1937 she was divorced and had abandoned a life which offered few outlets for her talents and energy, and moved to Paris. She rented an apartment on the Ile St. Louis, sold her jewellery to raise money, resumed her maiden name, and began work in a series of abstract and near-abstract paintings based on architectural motives.

        In 1938, she exhibited a single painting at the Surindependants exhibition. Among the Surrealist visitors were Andre Breton, the Greek poet Nicolas Calas, and and Yves Tanguy. The Surrealists embraced her though Breton had initial reservations.


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        Kay Sage in 1918 (Low Quality Scan) | More Details of Photo

        Sage's meeting with Tanguy proved decisive and the summer of 1939 found her staying at the Chateau de Bourdeaux in the province of Ain near the Swiss border. Nearby, many of the Surrealists were staing and Sage frequently entertained the group.

        She returned to the United States after the outbreak of World War II and, in 1940, married Yves Tanguy (who was declared medically unfit for service by the miltary authorities and authorized to leave the country) in New York. As a wealthy woman she was able to aid many Surrealists in fleeing Europe during the war; she contributed towards Breton's living expenses after he and Jacqueline Lamba Breton arrived in New York.

        First American exhibition in 1940. Exhibited regularly from 1942 to her death by suicide. A joint exhibition of the work of Sage and Tanguy was held at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, in 1954; retrospective exhibitions at the Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York (1960), and at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, (1976). Sage was also the author of four volumes of poetry.

        Exhibitions: New York 1942, Paris 1946.

        Source: Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement
        Further Reading: Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy


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        Enlarge image | I Saw Three Cities, 1944 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 36 x 27 7/8. The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
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        Enlarge image | Danger, Construction Ahead, 1940 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 44 x 62. Collection of Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
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        Enlarge image | On the First of March Crous Begin to Search, 1947 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 18 x 24. Wellesey College of Art Museum, Wellesey College, Massachusetts. Bequest of Kay Sage Tanguy
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        Enlarge image | Landscape with Poplar, 1923 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 11 x 14 3/4. Collection of the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
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        Kay Sage
        Enlarge image | Danger, Construction Ahead, 1940 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 44 x 62. Collection of Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
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        Enlarge image | Small Portrait, 1950 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 14 1/2 x 11 1/2. Collection of Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York. Bequest of Kay Sage Tanguy
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        Enlarge image | In the Third Sleep, 1944 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 39 1/2 x 57. Collection of the Art Instritute of Chicago. Watson F. Blair Purchase Prize, Goodman Fund
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        Enlarge image | Hyphen, 1954 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 30 x 20. Collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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        Enlarge image | My Room Has Two Doors, 1939 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 39 x 33. Collection of the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
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        Enlarge image | All Surroundings Are Referred to High Water, 1947 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 36 x 28. Collection of the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
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        Enlarge image | A Little Later, 1938 (Low Quality Scan)
        Oil on canvas. 36 x 28. Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado. Gift from the Estate of Kay Sage
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        Recommended Reading: A House of Her Own: Kay Sage, Solitary Surrealist


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