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For the Wind to Tear

Kay Sage, American, 1898–1963
Oil on canvas
Made in
Woodbury, Connecticut, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 333
16 1/8 x 20 in. (41 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 23 3/16 x 27 1/8 x 3 1/4 in. (58.9 x 68.9 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Kay Sage Tanguy
© 2020 Estate of Kay Sage / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object Number
An ambiguous, angular form is set against an expansive gray background. Its shape can be read as a mountaintop seen from a distance or a gathering of fabric viewed at close range. This painting’s muted palette and sense of mystery are hallmarks of the American Surrealist Kay Sage. For several years, this work hung in the home of the artist, where she lived with her partner Yves Tanguy, a fellow Surrealist painter.
- 1964
Kay Sage Tanguy, Woodbury, CT

1964 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, bequest of the artist [1]

[1] Letter dated October 26, 1964 from William N. Eisendrath, Acting Director of SLAM, to John S. Monagan, attorney for Pierre Matisse, Executor, accepting the painting into the collection [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, October 22, 1964.
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