Sage, Kay

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Painter; Woodbury, Conn. Born 1898 in Albany, N.Y. Married surrealist painter Yves Tanguay. Died 1963.

From the description of China eggs / Kay Sage. 1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84558254

From the description of Kay Sage papers, 1925 - circa 1985 bulk 1950-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220236569

Kay Sage was born Katherine Linn Sage in Albany, New York in 1898 to Ann and Henry Manning Sage, a state senator. After her parents divorced she lived in Europe with her mother from 1900 to 1914, spending most of that time in Italy. She returned to the United States for schooling from 1914 to 1919 and then returned to Italy where she worked for a short time at the Scuola Libera delle Belle Arti in Rome. In 1925 she married Prince Ranieri di San Faustino, but they divorced in 1935. Around this time Sage began to paint in an abstract style, and quickly developed an interest in surrealism. She had her first solo exhibition in Italy in 1936 and the next year moved to Paris where she met surrealist painter Yves Tanguy. Tanguy introduced her to other surrealist painters in Paris and she soon began exhibiting with them. During World War II, Sage returned to the United States. In 1940 she and Tanguy were married, and that same year she had her first American exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York City. In 1941 she and Tanguy settled in Woodbury, Connecticut and named their home "Town Farm". Sage and Tanguy continued to exhibit their work with great success, ultimately leading to a joint exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1954.

After Yves Tanguy's death in 1955 Sage experienced extreme grief and depression for the rest of her life. She did, however, continue to exhibit at the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York City, which also managed the sale of her paintings. This partnership culminated in a retrospective exhibition of her work in 1960. Sage started to lose her sight in the late 1950s and stopped painting and began making collages. She also wrote three volumes of poetry which were published in 1957 and 1962. The last few years of her life were spent working on a catalogue of her husband's work for which she wrote the foreword. In January 1963 Kay Sage committed suicide at the age of 64.

From the guide to the Kay Sage papers, 1925 - circa 1985 (bulk 1950-1965), (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Sage, Kay. China eggs / Kay Sage. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Catherine Viviano Gallery. Catherine Viviano Gallery records, 1930-1990, bulk 1949-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Pierre Matisse Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Pierre Matisse Gallery records, 1925-1989. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Miller, Flora Whitney. Flora Whitney Miller papers regarding Kay Sage, 1915-1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn James Thrall Soby papers, 1928-1975, 1935-1955 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Sage, Kay : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
creatorOf Sage, Kay. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn William and Noma Copley foundation and collection records, 1954-1980 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Enrico Donati letters received and manuscripts, 1943-1963 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Sage, Kay (Tanguy), 1898-1963 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Miller, Stephen Robeson. Stephen Robeson Miller research material on Kay Sage, 1898-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dorothy C. Miller papers, circa 1912-1992, bulk 1959-1984 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Kay Sage papers, 1925 - circa 1985 (bulk 1950-1965) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008. Enrico Donati, letters received and manuscripts, 1943-1963. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf SAGE, KAY. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Miller, Flora Whitney. Flora Whitney Miller papers regarding Kay Sage, 1915- circa 1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Soby, James Thrall, 1906-1979. James Thrall Soby papers, 1930-1979. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Flora Whitney Miller papers regarding Kay Sage, 1915-1982 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Dorothy C. Miller papers, circa 1912-1992, bulk 1959-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shapiro, Joseph Randall. Joseph Randall Shapiro and Jory Shapiro papers, 1943-1985. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sage, Kay. Kay Sage papers, 1925 - circa 1985 bulk 1950-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Catherine Viviano Gallery records, 1930-1990, bulk 1949-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Catherine Viviano corporateBody
associatedWith Catherine Viviano Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008. person
associatedWith Miller, Dorothy Canning person
associatedWith Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. person
associatedWith Miller, Flora Whitney person
associatedWith Miller, Flora Whitney. person
associatedWith Miller, Stephen Robeson. person
associatedWith Monagan, John S. person
associatedWith Pierre Matisse Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. person
associatedWith Shapiro, Joseph Randall. person
associatedWith Soby, James Thrall, 1906-1979. person
associatedWith Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955. person
associatedWith William and Noma Copley Foundation corporateBody
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United States
Connecticut--Woodbury
United States
Connecticut--Woodbury
Subject
Women painters--Connecticut--Woodbury
Women painters
Painters--Connecticut--Woodbury
Surrealism--United States
Surrealism
Painters
Occupation
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Birth 1898-06-25

Death 1963-01-08

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