"La Cucaracha"
Lewis Carlton Ryan, ca. 1935

Lewis Carlton Ryan
(American, 1894 - 1982)

Original Linoleum block print on medium weight hand-made art paper, signed lower right. Image size: 8 ½ x 6 ½ inches. Paper size: 10 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 16 ½ x 14 ½ inches (period frame). The variant “blue night” linoleum block exemplifies the artists’ mastery of color prints representing night scenes. “….[Ryan’s] woodblock prints were never framed, and were the personal file copies of California artist Lewis Ryan.”

“Lewis C. Ryan was born in Austin ,Texas, grew-up in Washington State, and lived in Escondido California from 1919. Primarily a printmaker, but also a respected painted, his work was published in popular magazines of the 1920’s and 1930’s such as the Saturday Evening Post, McCalls, ladies Home Journal, Westways, and the Los Angeles Times. His superb use of line and color aligns him both with the early modernist art of the American Southwest and the American Art & Crafts movement.”

(References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art; and other major art references.)


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