Number 319

Anne Ryan American

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A self-taught writer, painter and printmaker, Ryan took up her preferred medium, collage, only at the age of 58. Though she died a mere six years later, she managed to create approximately 400 examples, mostly in a diminutive scale. Ryan’s conversion to collage was prompted by a visit in 1948 to an exhibition in New York of the recently deceased German poet, sculptor and collagist, Kurt Schwitters. Ryan collected a variety of fabrics, preferably worn, even tattered or frayed, and combined these fragments with other ephemeral materials, such as torn paper, foil or cellophane, into compact, subtly textured arrangements.

Number 319, Anne Ryan (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1889–1954 Morristown, New Jersey), Collage of cut and torn colored and printed papers, fabrics, gold metal foil, and plant fiber on paper, mounted on black paper

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