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All Soundings Are Referred to High Water

20th century
914 x 711 mm (36 x 28 in.)

Kay Sage, American, (1898–1963)

Object Type: painting
Medium and Support: Oil painting on canvas
Marks: Signed, lower left: “Kay Sage ’47”
Provenance / Collectors' Marks: Kay Sage. Then possibly in custody of Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York (based on old frame-back label). John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, acquired by exhibition purchase prize award (1951) and donated to the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (1952). This painting received the first of four purchase-prize awards made by the Jury of Selection for the exhibition “Connecticut Contemporary Painting” (1951–1952) and supported by the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company; the “paintings chosen for awards… [were] presented by the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company to four museums in Connecticut after the close of the Circulating Exhibition” (see “Connecticut Contemporary Painting,” Connecticut Development Commission, 1951, unpaginated).
Bibliography: Nancy Wallach, ed., Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy (Katonah, NY: Katonah Museum of Art and Charlotte, NC: The Mint Museum, 2011), plate 40, checklist entry p. 102. Connecticut Contemporary Painting (Connecticut Development Commission, 1951), cat. no. 33, reproduced (unpaginated).
Credit Line: Gift of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1952
Accession Number: 1952.3.1

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