American Paintings and Sculpture
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Artist: Kay Sage, American, 1898–1963

Danger, Construction Ahead


Oil on canvas

44 × 62 in. (111.8 × 157.5 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Chisholm, Jr., B.A. 1936

Danger, Construction Ahead shows a sentinel-lined bridge abruptly ending at a sharp point. In 1940, when Kay Sage painted this otherworldly landscape, she had just returned to her native United States after a long period abroad. Later that year, she married the Surrealist painter Yves Tanguy, who aided her transition from life in Italy and Paris to New York. The clear highlight of her first solo exhibition in New York, this painting began a prolific phase in Sage’s work of “intuitive sceneries,” in which the imagination shaped all.

Made in United States
On view
20th century

Karoline Hille, Spiele der Frauen: Ku¨nstlerinnen im Surrealismus (Stuttgart, Germany: Belser, 2009), p 131, ill.

Dr. Ilene Susan Fort, Tere Arcq, and Terri Geis, eds., In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, exh. cat. (New York: Prestel-Verlag, 2012), 30, fig. 12.

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