Abrams Frank Maria
Dessin au "prisma color pencil" daté de 1981
22 cm x 30 cm
En parfait état
Cadre d'origine à la feuille or-blanc offert (avec vitre et passe-partout)
Maria Frank Abrams (1924-2016)
“It is the landscape surrounding us that gives me inspiration, visual stimulus; it has been the source of my work. From the changing seasons flow continual variations of color, light and shape. Nature is always perfect; my task is to transform the original inspiration into my vision of nature. A new world independent of anything else must be created in the picture plane.” -Maria Frank AbramsMaria Frank Abrams was born in Hungary. She began drawing at an early age. During World War II, her life was forever changed. Maria, her parents and other members of her family were deported to Auschwitz. As she stood by the side of the train with her arm around her mother, a selection officer came and pushed her away. It would be the last time she would see her family. She alone had survived, losing 23 close relatives. Maria came to the United States in 1948 to study art at the University of Washington. She graduated with honors three years later. After graduation she received immediate recognition for her work and was invited to be associated with the Otto Seligman Gallery, an opportunity facilitated by Mark Tobey, who was one of the very first to collect her artwork.Throughout the years, she has received numerous awards, appeared in invitational and juried exhibitions at Seattle Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Oakland Municipal Art Museum, among others.
She has designed sets and costumes for the opera “The Dybbuk” which premiered in the Seattle Center Playhouse in 1962 and she designed the sets for Seattle Opera’s production of “La Traviata” in 1963. She received critical acclaim for both of these. She has been included twice in the Governor’s Invitational Exhibition (1966 and 1975), which traveled to Kobe, Japan and throughout the State of Washington.Her artwork is in the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Wadsworth Athaeneum, Hartford CT, the Arts Complex, Duxbury, MA, the Art Museum of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, as well as, several corporate and private collections.
Maria Frank Abrams (1924-2016)
Artist Maria (Marika) Frank Abrams was born in 1924 in Debrecen, Hungary, where she grew up until she was deported to Auschwitz with her entire extended family in mid-1944. Among those deported, only she and one cousin survived.
She drew and painted throughout her entire life. Even as a slave laborer in a branch of the Buchenwald concentration camp, she sketched whenever her fellow Jewish slave laborers managed to get her paper and stubs of pencils.
Starving, with shaved head and rags wrapped around her feet for shoes, Maria was liberated by American troops at Magdeburg in April 1945. Three years later, thanks to a Hillel Foundation scholarship, Maria was a freshman at the University of Washington School of Art. She earned her BFA summa cum laude in 1951 and upon graduation became a regular exhibitor in the prestigious Otto Seligman Gallery with such legendary artists as Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson, Fay Chong, Herbert Siebner and George Tsutakawa. Richard Fuller, Director of SAM, was an early purchaser of her art.
Abrams' career is the subject of a scholarly monograph by art critic Matthew Kangas and of essays by historians Peter Selz and Deborah Lipstadt in BURNING FOREST: THE ART OF MARIA FRANK ABRAMS, published by the Museum of Northwest Art, a book that includes numerous reproductions of her work.
Professor Lipstadt writes: "Nothing can return to her the family members who were killed. Nothing can mitigate the horrors of her experience. Yet the beauty of the work she has produced in the ensuing years is a testimony to the way in which she has embraced life with resilience, dedication and grace."
Marika is survived by her husband of 64 years, Sydney Abrams; her son, Edward (Eliahu) Frank Abrams, a human rights lawyer in Israel; daughter-in-law Tali Bdolah Abrams; grandchildren Omri and Noga Vilma; and cousins Vera Federman, of Mercer Island, Agnes Jacobson of Santa Barbara, and Lewis Rose of Sydney Australia.
Published in The Seattle Times April 2013