Ben Uri collection

Leff Pouishnoff, Pianist

Artist information

Name Margarete Marks (1899-1990)

Other name Margarete Heymann, Margarete Heymann-Löbenstein, Margarete Heymann-Marks, Grete Marks

Born Cologne, Germany

Died London, England

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Margaret Marks was born Cologne, Germany and worked in Berlin. Marks studied as a ceramicist under Itten at the Bauhaus and went on to establish a pottery factory with her first husband, Gustav Loebenstein, in 1923 and exported these progressive designs to well-known Heal's and Liberty in England. After her husband's death in 1928, Marks continued running the factory until 1934, when the Nazis forced her to sell it, far below its value, to a Nazi Party member. Marks left for Britain in 1936, helped by Ambrose Heal's export manager. Initially working for Minton Pottery among others, Marks produced her own radical, avant-garde designs but they were not as well received by a conservative British audience. She never managed to rekindle the commercial success of her German years, although she continued to create and paint until a few years before her death. Exhibitions of her work have been held at the Burslem School of Art (1937), solo shows at the Bloomsbury Gallery (1938), Redfern Gallery (1954), Roland, Browse & Delbanco (1956); Ben Uri (1979), and Hael Pottery (Velten, ner Berlin, 2006). A joint exhibition with Pamina Liebert-Mahrenholz was held at the Boundary Gallery, London (September 2008). Her work is held in collections in Berlin (including the Bauhaus Archiv), Brandenburg, New York, Illinois, Munich, London (British Museum, V&A, Royal Festival Hall, Ben Uri), Kendal (Abbot Hall) and Stoke (Stoke-on-Trent Museum).

Object Details

Date 1933

Object type print

Medium lithograph on paper

Materials and techniques lithography (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 33.5 x 25 cm

Framed 48.5 x 39 cm

Signed signed, bottom right: M Marks

Acquisition gift from Harold Marks 1989

Accession number 1989-2

Display status not on display

Leff Pouishnoff (1891–1959) was a Ukranian-born pianist and composer, who immigrated to the UK, via Paris, in 1920, and made his home in England. He was especially associated with performances of the works of Chopin and Liszt. During the Second World War, he gave concerts to factory workers, miners and dockers, and made extensive tours among the forces in the Middle East. He committed suicide in 1959. Marks made several portraits of Pouishnoff in the 1930s using a variety of media and techniques including charcoal, ceramics and lithography.


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