This exhibition celebrates a lesser known aspect of Grete Marks' creative practice through portrait paintings and drawings from the 1920s and 1930s.
Better known as a ceramicist, Grete Marks (1899-1990) also made watercolour and charcoal portraits throughout her life.
One of the earliest female students of the Bauhaus School, she took over the running of the leading German ceramics company Haël Workshops, following the death of her first husband, and managed it as a single mother until the Nazis forced her to sell and emigrate to England in 1936.
This display comprises portraits, alongside a small number of ceramics from the 1930s. None of her portraits are commissions; one or two are thought to be self-portraits. In these, the sitter's eyes dominate, heavy with sadness yet radiating hope. Another, of two boys, could be a portrayal (from memory as the dates don't correspond) of her sons.
The exhibition, which marks the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus, is aslo part of 'Insiders/Outsiders', a UK-wide festival throughout 2019, celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their contributions to British culture.