The work White Silence is one of Sage's first important Surrealist works created in America. It is one of only two Kay Sage paintings the artist is known to have created in 1941.
The discovery of this work also allows, according to the Kay Sage Catalogue Raisonné project, a correction in the artist's body of work. In the 2011 book Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy plate #38 was ascribed the title White Silence due to it being the only known work the artist created in 1941.
The inscription verso on this work in the artist's hand (seen with infrared photography) has allowed a correction in that citation, and places this work as the White Silence which was exhibited at both the Tone Price Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1941.
White Silence survives in excellent condition. The canvas and stretcher are original and were untouched prior to recent conservation treatment to relax the canvas, inpaint the small areas of losses due to scratches, gently clean the paint surface, and varnish the work. The work was documented before and after, and the artist's pencil inscriptions verso were photographed with an infrared camera in order to be more easily seen.
Catalogue Raisonné citation #P.141.1/SRM 47 for Kay Sage's painting White Silence.
Informational PDF for White Silence.