Other name Margarete Heymann, Margarete Heymann-Löbenstein, Margarete Heymann-Marks, Grete Marks
Born Cologne, Germany
Died London, England
Margaret Marks was born Cologne, Germany and studied as a ceramicist under Itten at the Bauhaus, going on to establish a highly successful pottery factory with her first husband, Gustav Loebenstein, in 1923, from which her progressive designs were exported to prestigious clients including 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 member of the party. Marks left for Britain in 1936, helped by her connections to Ambrose Heal's export manager. Initially, she worked for Minton Pottery, among others, where she continued to produced her own radical, avant-garde designs but was unable to recapture her earlier success with a more conservative British audience. Marks continued her creative career concentrating on painting, drawing and lithography, although she remains best-known for her ceramics. 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 type print
Medium lithograph on paper
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.