Kay Sage

1898 (Watervliet) / 1963 (Woodbury)
Living in : État de New York
Working in : État de New York

Born in New York State, Kay Sage spent much of her childhood travelling in Europe with her mother. From 1914 to 1918, she studied at the Corcoran School in Washington, D.C., then worked for the New York State Censorship Board. In the early 1920s, Kay Sage moved to Rapallo, Italy, and studied art in Rome at the British School and the Academy of Fine Arts, moving to Paris a decade later. She was interested in the Surrealists, but was reluctant to join them, as the group had all the appearance of a "boys' club". She attended the International Surrealist Exhibition at Georges Wildenstein's Fine Arts Gallery in Paris in January 1938, and her paintings were noticed by André Breton and Yves Tanguy. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Kay Sage returned to the United States and began the process of obtaining visas for many of the artists who had remained in France. Yves Tanguy, discharged from the army, joined her in New York, they married in 1940 and settled in Woodbury. Husband and wife worked side by side in adjoining studios and Woodbury became a meeting place for French artists in exile during the Second World War. Kay Sage had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States, but particularly in Boston, New York and San Francisco. During these years, her art gained a solid reputation in the art criticism community, although she struggled to emerge from Tanguy's shadow. The work of the two painters is often compared. Both are said to have influenced each other.

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