Kay Sage was born in 1898 in Albany, New York. She lived in Italy
during her childhood. After her parents divorced, Sage went to live
with her unconventional mother, while her sister went with their conservative
father. Sage was a self-taught artist though she attempted formal
study in Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy. From ages 16 to 21 she
lived in the United States. At age 21, Sage returned to Europe where
she married an Italian prince. In her late 30's, after that marriage
ended, she lived in Paris, where she met the Surrealist
painter, Yves Tanguy, whom she later married.
Sage and Tanguy returned to the United States in 1941 and settled
in Woodbury, Connecticut. Kay Sage was a brilliant artist but a troubled
person. In 1963, after previous attempts, she took her own life.
Surrealism--Art that emphasizes
fantasy and real objects in unreal situations. It has the look and
feeling of dreams but is painted realistically; it includes surprise,
contradiction, and shock.
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