• American Paintings  auction at Christies

    Sale 2199

    American Paintings

    29 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 147

    Kay Sage (1898-1963)

    No Wind, No Birds

    Price Realised  

    Kay Sage (1898-1963)
    No Wind, No Birds
    signed and dated 'Kay Sage '58' (lower right)--signed and dated again and inscribed with title (on the upper stretcher bar)
    oil on canvas
    13 x 10¼ in. (33 x 26 cm.)


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    Kay Sage counted Yves Tanguy and his fellow Surrealist Giorgio de Chirico among her greatest early inspirations, and by the time she and Tanguy married in 1940, Sage was successfully incorporating Surrealism's mysterious mood, polished finish and dreamlike imagery into her own work. In No Wind, No Birds, the scaffolding, covered in boldly colored drapery, creates a dramatic air of mystery that finds a close parallel to the work of her husband as well as that of Salvador Dali and Max Ernst.

    Provenance

    The artist.
    [With]Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York.
    By bequest to the present owner, 1963.


    Exhibited

    New York, Catherine Viviano Gallery, n.d., no. 13.