Ripley Auctions

Description: Joan Snyder
(New York / New Jersey, b.1940)
Study For Letter To Marcia, 1970
crayon and magic marker on paper
signed lower right. Multiple labels verso: Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, and Carlson 20th Century Paintings, Carmel, CA.

From Ask Art: Painter and printmaker Joan Snyder, born in Highland Park, New Jersey in 1940, has gone through a variety of subject matter in her career, all in an Expressionist*, highly personal vein. In the 1960s, she painted landscapes and portraits; in the 1970s, abstract, gestural* work evolving to feminist* subject matter; the 1980s, autobiographical subject matter and concern for the children of the world. Snyder often incorporates three-dimensional, collage* elements like cloth and even straw in her painting, and uses items for symbolic imagery related to women's consciousness raising such as valentines, cheesecloth, and chicken wire.

Snyder earned her B.A. degree in 1962 from Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and an M.F.A. degree in 1966 also from Rutgers. She married a photographer, and she and her husband moved to Martins Creek, Pennsylvania in 1974. Later she returned to New York City to live in a loft with her daughter.

In 1971, she had feminist consciousness-raising exhibitions of women's artwork in the library at Rutgers, where the faculty was all male. Discussions were organized around the work and drew large crowds of people, much to her satisfaction.

Her work is included in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum, the Guggenheim, the High Museum of Art, and the Phillips Collection.

In 2005, The Jewish Museum in New York City presented a 35-year survey of her work which then traveled to the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts. Abrams Books published a monograph, Joan Snyder, in conjunction with the exhibition with an introduction by Norman Kleeblatt and essays by Hayden Herrera and Jenni Sorkin. In 2011, Dancing With The Dark: Joan Snyder Prints 1963-2010, a traveling retrospective of Snyder's prints, opened at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Faye Hirsch and Marilyn Symmes, co-published by DelMonico Books/Prestel and Zimmerli Art Museum.
11"H x 8 1/2"W (sight), 15 1/4"H x 12 3/4"W (frame)

  • Condition: PLEASE READ: All items in this sale are estate consigned. No returns will be accepted for reasons of condition or undisclosed repair. Every effort has been made to disclose condition in images provided. You may request a condition report, but this does not imply warranty for condition or allow returns for buyer''s remorse. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections, or the effects of aging. Your bid is a contract and signifies your acceptance of these terms.
    Shipping costs will include packaging, handling, and insurance. Shipping costs are in addition to the auction purchase amount. All items will be shipped to the address on the invoice. If there is a different address, please contact Ripley Auctions. The address change is not confirmed until you receive an updated invoice. The minimum shipping charge is $20.00. A low bid purchase does not mean shipping costs will be any less. If you are not prepared to pay for shipping, do not bid. Ripley Auctions has an experienced, professional in-house shipping department. Items will be shipped by UPS, USPS, or FedEx. Tracking will be sent to you by email. Larger items, such as furniture, will be sent by a third-party professional mover. Payment for transport must be received before shipment is confirmed. Ripley Auctions will remain as a liaison with the customer and the mover through-out the delivery process.
    Successful bidders will receive a WINNING BID CONFIRMATION immediately following the auction. A FINAL INVOICE will be sent 3-4 business days following the auction which will include shipping and payment details. Payment is expected within 7 business days of receiving the FINAL INVOICE. Payment is accepted by PayPal, all major credit cards, cash, check, and bank wire.

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Paypal, Visa, Wire Transfer


Professional in house shipping services are available. Shipping costs will include packaging, handling, and insurance. Shipping costs are in addition to the auction purchase amount. A low bid purchase price does not mean shipping costs will be any less. The minimum cost for shipping is $20.00. If you are not prepared to pay for our shipping, do not bid. Larger items may require a third-party shipper.

Successful bidders will receive a final invoice within 2-3 business days after the auction giving you payment and shipping details, if applicable, pertaining to the item(s) you have purchased. After payment is made your purchase will be shipped and tracking will be sent by email. Tracking information will need to be obtained by third party shipper for larger items purchased. It is the buyers responsibility to confirm shipping & billing address provided on invoices.

May 16, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

Indianapolis, IN, US

You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 21.0% and any applicable taxes and shipping.

View full terms and conditions

Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $199 $20
$200 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $2,999 $100
$3,000 $4,999 $200
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $29,999 $1,000
$30,000 + $2,500