Anna Barry Biography

Anna Barry

American

1907-2001

Biography

Little is found on the early life and education of painter and printmaker Anna Barry, who was born in 1907, likely in New York. Much of what has been reported on her life is directly in relation to her husband, artist Ira Moskowitz, who she married in New York in 1938. It's possible that they met at the Art Students League, as Moskowitz studied there until 1935. After their marriage, Barry and Moskowitz frequently visited New Mexico, and in 1944 they settled in Taos. They befriended such luminaries as Mabel Dodge Lujan, Georgia O'Keeffe, Oscar Bernginghaus, and many others who had become attracted to the unique landscape in the early 20th century. Barry took great inspiration from the varied cultures that mingled in New Mexico, creating color serigraphs and lithographs of pueblos, Christian church iconography, indigenous ceremonies, cowboys, and other scenes and places that made up the southwest's towns and outposts. 

Barry and Moskowitz remained in Taos until 1955 when they returned to New York. According to accounts of Moskowitz's life, he divided his time between Manhattan, Europe, and Israel, and in interviews of their daughter, art patron and executor of the Moskowitz estate Diana Gordon, she details travels with both of her parents to these places. 

Anna Barry died in 2001.