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The art of Kay Sage (1898–1963) belongs to a descriptive form of Surrealism, an art in which the scene is unreal, but the setting and the individual objects in it are painted with fidelity. Her paintings depict deserted expanses of sand or water painted in muted greens, grays and ochre. There are clear skies and bleak horizons. These desolate landscapes are populated by angular forms that suggest architectural scaffolding. Composed of piers, ladders, ribs, rigging, frames and lattice, they are skeletal structures, intricate and fragile. Delicately balanced towers appear unfinished, whether in process of being constructed, or in process of being destroyed, it is impossible to say for certain. Often, they are enlivened with flags and bits of torn drapery, the softness of the cloth contrasting with the constructions’ angularity. All is bathed in a bleaching, sulfurous light. Stillness and silence prevails. One can repeatedly return to Kay Sage’s paintings and never grow tired of contemplating their mystery and poetic intensity.
The Kay Sage Catalogue Raisonné will bring to fruition the meticulous work and scholarship of Stephen Robeson Miller. The objective is to produce a fully illustrated record of the artist’s ouevre, including comprehensive provenance, exhibition history, and publication history. Please visit www.kaysagecatalogue.com for additional details and contact information.
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