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Phyllis Trager Hyman Abstract Ink Drawing, 2009

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Phyllis Trager Hyman (New York, 1936–2011)
Untitled, 2009
Ink on paper
Initialed and dated to the lower right

Self-taught artist Phyllis Trager Hyman was raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as a child of Jewish immigrants. As a prolific individual who suffered from schizophrenia and polio during the 1940s epidemic, art-making served as a therapeutic life source that nourished her during periods of isolation and mental hardship. Hyman’s lively and vibrant compositions feature matrices of interwoven and overlapping shapes, both geometric and organic, some of which recall characteristics of Fernand Leger’s Constructivist compositions or Wassily Kandinsky’s Compositions series.

  • Item not examined outside of mounting


- bleeding to the orange ink; scratches and gilt loss to the frame particularly to the corners.


13.0" W x 15.0" H x 1.0" D

- measures frame; sight measures 7.5" W x 9.5" H.

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