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Dame Mary Cartwright
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Girton College, University of Cambridge

Dame Mary Cartwright 1961

Hans Schwarz (1922–2003)

Girton College, University of Cambridge

Artist in oil and watercolour, sculptor, illustrator, teacher and writer, born in Vienna, Austria, where he attended the Art School, 1937–8. He was expelled by the Nazis in 1938 and moved to Birmingham in 1939, working as a labourer, was interned in 1940–1, then attended Birmingham School Arts and Crafts, 1941–3. As well as joining a commercial art studio, 1943–5, Schwarz began teaching part-time and worked in various art schools until 1966. He was a freelance illustrator from 1945, but gave up graphic design in 1964 to paint and sculpt full-time. He published Figure Painting, Colour for the Artist and Painting in Towns for Studio Vista and a series of art books for Pitman. Schwarz was a member of NEAC, RWS RP, RBA and the Contemporary Portrait Society as well as an honorary life member of the Hampstead Artists’ Council.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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