KAY SAGE (1898-1963)
Kay Sage, born Katherine Linn Sage, was an American Surrealist artist and poet. Born into a wealthy family, Sage grew up with her mother in Italy, speaking fluent French and Italian. She studied at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C. before returning to Italy to continue studying.
Sage attended a surrealist exhibition in Paris which sparked her interest and she returned to painting in earnest. She married Yves Tanguy with whom she had a passionate but tumultuous relationship. Her surrealist works of the 1940s and 1950s gave way to more sculptural works following Tanguy’s death, her increasing depression, and decreasing eyesight due to cataracts. She died by suicide in 1963.
Her Surrealist art influenced and was influenced by Tanguy, featuring architectural and biomorphic forms in an arid landscape. In addition to painting, Sage was a poet, having published five volumes in French.