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 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 type print
Medium lithograph on paper
Unframed 42.5 x 31 cm
Framed 58 x 44.5 cm
Signed bottom right: [?signature]
Acquisition presented by Harold Marks 1989
Accession number 1989-3
Display status On display in 'Refugees: The Lives of Others' until 4 June 2017
Sir Barnett Stross (1899 Strasberg, Poland –1967 London, England) was a British-Jewish doctor, born in Poland, who came to England with his family as a child and was raised in Leeds. He practiced medicine in Stoke, north Staffordshire, and also served as a Labour Member of Parliament for 20 years, championing the rights of industry workers, and famously led the humanitarian campaign, "Lidice Shall Live" to rebuild the Czech village destroyed by the Nazis in 1942. Stross was at the centre of the Stoke émigré network, to which the artist Grete Marks and her husband, Harold, were also drawn. Marks also created a charcoal portrait of Stross' wife, Olive.