Eva Frankfurther artist (1930-1959)

Young Girl with Coffee Mill

(private collection)

description A three-quarter length portrait of a young, dark-haired girl, seen in three quarter face view, looking to the right, sitting upright upon a chair. She wears a white shift, her hairline is edged with curlers and she holds a coffee mill or grinder loosely between her hands, as she sits beside an uncurtained window with a view on to Whitechapel beyond. Despite these domestic details, the sitter has a contemplative air. The composition - placing a figure in part profile, against an uncurtained window - is one of Frankfurther's favourites (see for example, 'Nude with Jug and Basin'), but unusually, here the Whitechapel cityscape is rendered in detail, using a palette dominated by white and ochre. The work is similar in mood, palette and composition to other studies of young women from this period including 'Young Woman in White Shift' and 'Girl in White Shift with a Rose', in which the youth and vulnerability of the sitters is emphasised.

date c. 1951-58

location Whitechapel

dimensions 76 x 55 cm

medium oil on paper

exhibition history 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Retrospective Exhibition', Ben Uri Art Gallery, 14 Berners Street, London W1, 14 Feb-9 March 1962, (26); 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Memorial Exhibition', Boundary Gallery, London, 15 June-18 July 2001, (48) 'Young Woman with Coffee Mill', £1,300.

literature ed., B. Planskoy, 'Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959: Paintings, lithographs and drawings' (London: Peter Halban, 2001), illus., p. 75, as 'Young Woman with Coffee-mill'.

reference 39-f1

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