Anne Ryan (1889 – 1954) was an artist and a poet. She belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists. Her first contact with the New York Avant-garde came in 1941 when she joined the Atelier 17, a famous printmaking workshop that the British artist Stanley William Hayter had established. The turning point in Anne Ryan's artistic development happened in 1948. Collages by Kurt Schwitters inspired her to dedicate herself to this newly discovered medium. She died six years later, in 1954 and left over 400 collage works.
7 x 5½ inches