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Lost Record

Kay Sage initially studied art in Italy in the early 1920s, first painting landscapes and then abstract geometric works. After her move to Paris in 1937, Sage became one of the few women artists officially accepted as a member of the Surrealist movement.

Lost Record was painted the year of Sage’s marriage to Surrealist painter Yves Tanguy. Its biomorphic forms and undefined, imaginary landscape reveal Tanguy’s stylistic influence, as well as the Surrealist interest in exploring the human psyche. Perhaps a metaphor for loneliness, the deep shadows and desert-like environment of Lost Record are simultaneously infinite and repressive.

Kay Sage
American, 1898‒1963
Lost Record
1940
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 in. (91.4 x 71.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Kay Sage Bequest, 64.73

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