Jewish Artist Is Last Link To Scottish Art Nouveau

| 19 September 2006
white on black drawing shows woman holding poster saying purim

Purim Carnival Ball, 1940, Pen and Ink. Courtesy of the Hannah Frank Collection.

The London Jewish Cultural Centre is hosting the first major exhibition of work by Glaswegian Jewish Artist Hannah Frank. Born in 1908, she was part of the 1930s art nouveau movement, and her work shows the influence of Aubrey Beardsley.

black and white drawing shows six stylised women in garden

Garden, 1932, Pen and Ink. Courtesy of the Hannah Frank collection.

The exhibition will include 25 original drawings 16 family sketches and about 15 sculptures. There will also be memorabilia from her long life on display, including diaries and family portraits.

In the 1950s, Hannah took up sculpture and was later appointed the Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary. Her artistic career spanned 75 years. Now in her late 90s, she now lives in a Jewish old age home in Glasgow. She has lived long enough to see a dramatic revival of interest in her work, which is touring in the UK and America.

photo shows sculpture of woman with very long neck

Head, 1971, Plaster, Courtesy of the Hannah Frank Collection

Her niece, Fiona Frank, will be giving a lecture at the opening of the exhibition about Hannah Frank's work on Thursday 19th October.

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