Kay Stage:

“In the Third Sleep” – 1944


“The Passage” – 1956

Other paintings by Kay Stage: “The Fourteen Daggers”, “Tomorrow for Example”, and “On the Contrary”–artist-and-wife-of-yves-tanguy-a226822,9171,812154,00.html

Kay Sage was born in New York in 1898, but moved to Europe with her mother when she was very young still. She went to school for art at the British Academy in Rome and the Sculola Libera delle Belle Arti. She had married and divorced by 1935. She moved to Paris after her divorce to get affiliated with Surrealist painters. She met Yves Tanguy, fell in love, moved to the United States, and got married in 1940. Yves died in his mid-fifties. Kay was depressed and developed vision problems. Things did not improve for Kay, and she shot herself in 1963.

One of the paintings I liked most at the Art Institute of Chicago was Kay Sage’s, “In the Third Sleep.” It instantly reminded me of work done by my favorite painter, Salvador Dali. It’s a beautiful painting…of what? I’m not sure. It seems sort of dream-like in the way that it doesn’t completely make sense, but it looks perfect in the way that each line is clear and defined.


Georgia O’Keeffe:

“Red and Pink Rocks and Teeth” – 1938


“Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy” – 1928


“Red Poppy” – 1927

Georgia was born in Wisconsin in 1887. Growing up, she received a lot of positive response for her artistic skills. By the time she had finished high school, she had decided to become an artist.  She went to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. She was awarded the League’s William Merritt Chase still-life prize for an oil painting. Despite this, she lost interest in art for four years because she didn’t think she could be recognized for painting with imitative realism. She started making art again after she was taught that the “goal of art” was to communicate her ideas and emotions by arranging them into lines, colors, and shades.  From then on, she created artwork until she died in 1986 at 98 years old.

At the Art Institute of Chicago, I saw Georgia O’Keeffe’s, “Red and Pink Rocks and Teeth,” and “Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy.” I thought these paintings were gorgeous, and the artist was very skilled. I had never heard of her before, but came to find that she’s quite famous. After doing a bit of research on her, I was so surprised to find that she actually quit painting for several years early in her career because she thought she couldn’t make something of herself doing realism. Obviously she was wrong. Not just anyone can bring a painting to life in the way that she does. It takes so much talent and skill to paint the way she did.


Timothy Basil Ering:

Illustration from, “The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone,” by Timothy Basil Ering


Illustration by Tim Erling from, “Fin Throws a Fit!” by David Elliott


Illustration by Tim Erling from, “Don’t Let the Peas Touch!” by Deborah Blumenthal

When I visited the Art Institute of Chicago, I found that my favorite part of the museum was the exhibit containing work from childrens’ story book illustrators. There I saw several works by Timothy Basil Ering. He is especially talented at capturing the mood of the scene he is depicting. The characters in his illustrations are very animated, and so interesting to look at. They completely grasped my attention and were able to tell the story, even without words. In an interview, Timothy said, “’I always think of illustration as a form of acting. Each time I approach a project I need to become the character I’m depicting.’” This is exactly what a childrens’ book illustrator should be able to do. He inspired me. I hope I am able to illustrate a book someday.

Timothy Ering went to the Art Center College of Design, and is inspired by Dr. Seuss and Michelangelo. His work has been in books, magazines, theaters, murals, and fine art galleries. He is most recognized for his illustrations in The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, which won a Newbery award.


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