Gluck: no prefix, suffix or quotes
Lecture | Danny House
Monday 27 November 2017 - 13:45 until 16:30
A talk by Diana Souhami, award-winning writer and Gluck’s biographer. Gluck, born Hannah Gluckstein in 1895, was a Society painter and a rebel. She broke from her wealthy family, chose her own name, cropped her hair, dressed in men’s clothes, had affairs with upper-class women and held a series of highly successful exhibitions at London’s Fine Art Society. She was a self-creation. She insisted on `one-man’ shows, designed the Gluck frame for her paintings, and on the backs of prints sent out for publicity purposes she always wrote: “Please return in good condition to Gluck, no prefix, suffix or quotes”. From 1944 until her death in 1978 she lived in Steyning in West Sussex. There is currently a resurgence of national interest in her defiant life, her singular work and her contribution to modernism. An exhibition devoted to Gluck’s work opens in Brighton on 18 November and this talk, by giving an illustrated account of her life and art, will serve as a helpful introduction to this unique artist.
This event has been organised by the Sussex Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.