Ben Uri collection

Dr Barnett Stross MP

Artist information

Name Margarete 'Grete' 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 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 Details

Date 1936

Object type print

Medium lithograph on paper

Materials and techniques lithography (technique) paper (support)

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.


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