Mary Ruth Mcilwaine


Artist biography

Mary Ruth Mcilwaine was a visual artist. Mary Ruth Mcilwaine was born in 1892. Artists Pierluigi Bartolucci-Alfieri, Reva Jackman, Frithjohf Hjelm Gjemre, Mandl Miklós, and Harriette G. Miller are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Mary Ruth Mcilwaine

Mary Ruth Mcilwaine was born in 1892 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1900s and 1910s. The first decades of the 20th century were defined by the energetic development of visual and pictorial art. These years were an era of experimentation, with artists exploring into ideas surrounding Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Abstraction. These innovations took hold with artist communities and collectives around the world, with many groups exploring a variety of ways of communicating their ideas. After the First World War, artists started to explore psychological applications of art in response to the terrors they had experienced. Dadaism, an absurdist movement inspired directly by the events of the war, spread to many countries across Europe and began the careers of well known artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters. The movement of Surrealism, inspired by ideas concerning psychology and the subconscious which were initially developed by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, was developed from the ideas posed by Dada.

Mary Ruth Mcilwaine

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