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In the Third Sleep

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1944

Artist:

Kay Sage
American, 1898–1963

About this artwork

Kay Sage, an American expatriate living in Paris, first encountered Surrealism at the 1938 Exposition internationale du surréalisme and was tremendously inspired by the works of Giorgio de Chirico. After becoming involved with the French artist Yves Tanguy, whom she married in 1940, she became a member of the circle of Surrealists that formed around André Breton. In the Third Sleep depicts a large bipartite shape resembling drapery, which improbably rises straight up into the air from a ramplike structure that crosses an otherwise barren landscape. The striking composition suggests the mystifying forms and spaces of dream worlds, reflecting the Surrealists’ fascination with the unconscious.

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American Art, Gallery 262

Artist

Kay Sage

Title

In the Third Sleep

Origin

United States

Date

1944

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

signed l.r. Kay Sage 44

Dimensions

100.3 × 144.8 cm (39 1/2 × 57 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection; Watson F. Blair Prize Fund

Reference Number

1945.198

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