Ryan was a poet and travel writer who began her career as a visual artist in her late thirties. She started painting in 1938 and joined Stanley William Hayter’s avant-garde print workshop, Atelier 17, in 1941. While in Hayter’s workshop, she experimented widely with expressive abstraction using a variety of print techniques. In 1948, after seeing an exhibition of Kurt Schwitters’s collages made of scraps of printed ephemera, she began to work in collage. It became her primary artistic medium.
Paper and cloth collage with ink and gouache on textured blue rag paper
Gift of Mrs. Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
ID Number: SC 1979:8-3