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Modern Art Monday Presents: Kay Sage, The Fourteen Daggers

14 daggers by kay sage photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Katherine “Kay” Sage (18981963) came from a wealthy American family. In 1937, she moved to Paris intending to establish herself as an artist.  Inspired by Surrealism, she became friendly with Yves Tanguy, whom she married in 1940. Sage was very attracted by the work of Giorgio De Chirico and this influenced her early works. As with her husband,  she was drawn to depicting remote landscapes with a far horizon devoid of human figures.  Her paintings only rarely show human figures and these are usually wrapped or enveloped in cloth. Thus, we see the The Fourteen Daggers (1942) with two wrapped figures set in a De Chirico metaphysical space. Sage did fewer new paintings after Tanguy’s death in 1955, partly because of her depression and partly because of her decreasing eyesight due to cataracts. Sadly, she took her own life 1963.

Photographed in The American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan.