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Katherine Linn Sage (June 25, 1898 – Jan. 8, 1963), usually known as Kay Sage; American Surrealist artist and poet.
... Art historian Whitney Chadwick states that Sage’s paintings were “imbued with an aura of purified form and a sense of motionlessness and impending doom found nowhere else in Surrealism. Around this time the artist began signing her works “Kay Sage.”
...Sage did the bulk of her mature work between 1940, when she married Tanguy, and 1955, when he died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage..... During these years Sage’s art gained a solid reputation among art critics, though she found it difficult to emerge from the shadow of the better-known Tanguy....
Sage wrote in a journal in Aug. 1961, “I have said all that I have to say. There is nothing left for me to do but scream.” On Jan. 8, 1963, she put a fatal bullet through her heart. ....Known chiefly as a visual artist, Sage also wrote 5 volumes of poetry...
Born into a well-established family in upstate New York, Sage’s parents divorced when she was young, and she spent much of her childhood traveling in Europe with her mother. In 1920, she attended art school in Italy where she married Prince Ranieri di San Faustino, though a life of royal obligations left no time for her to paint. Through meeting and encouragement of American poet Ezra Pound and German sculptor Heinz Henghes, she began painting again and this time in abstraction.
In 1937, after divorcing, Sage moved to Paris and became involved with the European Surrealists. She formed The Society for Preservation of European Culture to organize exhibitions in the US in her goal to secure safe passage for artists to New York during World War II. She met Yves Tanguy in 1938 and was greatly affected by his work; they would later marry in Reno in 1940 and settle in Woodbury, CT.
Her unique style combined architectural forms, complex scaffolding and post-ap.... (http://www.weinstein.com/artists/kay-sage/)