Eva Frankfurther artist (1930-1959)


(private collection)

description A full-length portrait of a seated, elderly beggar woman with eyes closed, huddled in a Whitechapel doorway, her few belongings in a bundle at her side. The warm, earthy palette comprising ochre, deep cadmium yellow and orange for the background, face and hands, is offset by the darker purple-brown hues, tinged with red, of the woman's dress, the doorway and the lengthening shadow by her foot. The subject reveals Frankfurther's deep social conscience and her concern with and empathy for those marginalised by society. The lithograph 'Beggar Woman, Seated' employs a very similar subject and composition.

date c. 1954

location Whitechapel

dimensions 76 x 54 cm

medium oil on paper

exhibition history 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Memorial Exhibition', Boundary Gallery, London, 15 June-18 July 2001, (13), as 'Homeless, Whitechapel', £1,300.

literature ed., B. Planskoy, 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Paintings, lithographs and drawings' (London: Peter Halban, 2001), illus. p. 48; ed., S. MacDougall, 'Refiguring the 50s: Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman, L S Lowry' (London: Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, 2014), p. 98, not illus.

reference 30-f1

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