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Lifelong Impressions - Paintings, Prints and Drawings by Milein Cosman

20/12/2007, By

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In January 2008 The Jewish Museum will present a major exhibition of the work of German-born Jewish artist Milein Cosman, born 1921, at the Austrian Cultural Forum London. It spans more than 6 decades of prolific output, ranging from prints and drawings to oil paintings and watercolours, selected by the artist. Most of the work on display has not previously been exhibited. Cosman is an outstanding draftsman and portraitist whose work catches the essence of character and movement with its spontaneity and feeling of freedom.

The earliest work on display was produced during her time at the Slade School of Fine Art (1939-1942), and the exhibition will feature around 80 works including portraits of a range of distinguished cultural figures such as Henry Moore, Iris Murdoch, Francis Bacon, Benjamin Britten and his parrot, Jean Cocteau, T.S. Eliot, Mstislav Rostropovich, Barbara Hepworth, W.H. Auden, Thomas Mann, Josef Beuys, John Heartfield, Edith Sitwell, Martin Buber, as well as her husband Hans Keller. Also on view are paintings and prints of landscapes ranging from the Rhine to St Tropez and Nepal, and a series of prints of animals and dancers.

Dame Edith Sitwell

Born in Germany, Cosman arrived in England in 1939 to study at the Slade. In 1947 she met and later married the Austrian-born musician, writer and broadcaster Hans Keller, who had a major influence on musical life in this country. They later collaborated on various publications including The Jerusalem Diary, which won the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Book of the Year in 2001.

Cosman remains active as a draftsman and printer and is a member of the Camden Printmakers. She has had numerous exhibitions and her work is represented in many public collections here and abroad, including the National Portrait Gallery, the V and A, the British Museum, the Ashmolean in Oxford and the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge.

The exhibition has been organized by the friends of The Jewish Museum, London. After it is on show at the ACF her works will be on view at the Hampstead Museum at Burgh House from 9th April to 29th June 2008, to reflect her life in Hampstead. The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of talks and creative workshops for children.

9th January to 26th March
Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ
+44 (0)20 7225 7300
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: from 10am, last admission 4.30pm
Sunday: 2 - 4.30pm
Closed Saturday
Admission: Free

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