Loy, Mina (1882–1966) By Devaney, Beulah Maud
Mina Loy, born Mina Gertrude Lowry, (1882–1966), was a British artist, designer, model, novelist, nurse, playwright and poet, with ties to the Dadaist, Futurist and Surrealist moments. Loy was one of the first generation modernists and was close friends with many leaders of the movement including Djuna Barnes, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and William Carlos Williams. Her poetry was published in The Little Review and championed by Left Bank publisher Robert McAlmon.
Mina Loy was born in London in 1882, the eldest daughter of Sigmund and Julia Bryant Lowry. In 1899, at the age of seventeen, Loy left school and moved to Munich to study art with the painter and graphic artist Angelo Jank. Jank, a member of the Munich Secession, introduced Loy to the work of newly emerging European thinkers, including Henri Bergson, Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche.