Loy attended a conservative London art school as a young woman and was influenced early in her own artistic ventures by Impressionism and traditional figure drawing. She was no dilettante, as many women artists of the time were, and became a sociétaire member of the prestigious Salon d'Automne. She was also inspired by the Bible, stained glass, the moon, and all reflective and refractive surfaces. Her continual influences were primarily visual, rich with the artists and movements of Futurism, Dadaism, and Surrealism. She began her own artwork around the turn of the century. She experimented with media, beginning with pastels, oils, and gouache, moving to ink by World War I, then again to more marketable -- but no less artistic -- lighting fixtures in the late 1920s through World War II, and finally to three-dimensional sculptures featuring items she collected from the streets and garbage cans of the Bowery section of Manhattan. She allied herself with her visual art more than her writing, claiming at the end of her life that she "never was a poet."
Creative until the end of her life, at the time of her death, she had retained an enormous amount of "trash" that was to become part of future sculpture paintings, an in-progress biography of Isadora Duncan, and a collection of poems she had written during the 1940s (Dunn 21).
View Loy's early artwork and some additional pieces from 1906-1914 that may have influenced her.
Visit art from 1914-1928 that may have influenced Loy.
View art from the 1930s, 1940s, and Loy's own art from the 1950s.
View Loy's light fixtures and some of their celestial inspirations.
Among other artists and works influential to Loy were:
To immerse yourself even more in the art of the time, visit the Modernism Gallery Links page.
To explore the Dada movement, visit the Dada archive.
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