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 Anna Walinska  (1906 - 1997)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: abstraction, portrait, Holocaust themes

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Rosina Rubin, who represents the estate of Anna Walinska.

A painter, illustrator and teacher at the Master Institute of Arts in New York City, Anna Walinska was born in London, England and settled in New York in 1914. Showing obvious art talent as a youngster, she first enrolled in the Art Students League in 1918 when she was age 12.

Walinska lived on and off in Paris from 1928-1930, and studied there with Andre L'Hote. She founded the Guild Art Gallery on West 57th Street in 1935, where she gave Arshile Gorky his first New York one-man show. In 1939, she served as the Assistant Creative Director of the Contemporary Art Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1939. She traveled around the world in 1955, including a four month sojourn in Burma, and she taught at the Riverside Museum from 1957-1971.

Major exhibitions included: solo retrospective at the Jewish Museum, 1957; solo retrospective at the Museum of Religious Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1979; posthumous solo exhibition at the Ghetto Museum, Theresienstadt, Czech Republic, 2000.

Group exhibitions included: Salon des Independents, Paris, c. 1926-30; first annual exhibition of the American Artists' Congress in 1937; Artists for Victory, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1942; Paintings of the Year, National Academy of Design, 1946; Recent Drawings USA, MOMA, 1956; Baltimore Museum of Art, 1957; numerous exhbit ions with the National Association of Women Artists and the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors.

Walinska's work has seldom gone through auction but is included in numerous museum collections both here and abroad, including: the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University, the Judah L. Magnes Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Yad Vashem. Walinska's scrapbooks of the Guild Art Gallery (see below), along with sketchbooks and journals on world travel are included in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian.

Asia Society, NYC
Portrait of U Nu, 1955: oil on canvas, 41 x 50

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts
Victims, 1956, oil on paper, 30-3/4 x 24-1/2
Victims, 1959, oil on paper mounted on masonite, 72 x 36
Victims in Madhouse, oil & chalk on paper, 42-1/2 x 30-1/2
Elegy, 1978, charcoal & oil on masonite board, 25-1/2 x 38

Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Portrait of Arshile Gorky, 1975, oil on canvas, 61 x 35-1/2
Survivors: Exile in Landscape, 1957, oil on paper, 26 x 38-1/4
Victim: Buddha Figure, 1956, ink on paper, 58 x 34

Hyde Park Library, Long Island NY
Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, charcoal on canvas, 23-1/2 x 25-1/2

Jewish Museum, NYC
Moses, 1962: charcoal on heavy paper, 23 x 43

Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley CA
Victims: Ghetto Figures in Landscape, 1957, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 (Holocaust series #24)
Victims: Figures in Ghetto, 1957, oil on canvas board, 20 x 16 (Holocaust series #25)
Victims: Women & Girls on Way to Gas Chamber, 1978, charcoal on paper, 42-1/2 x 30-1/2
(Holocaust series #44)
Survivors: Figures Behind Barbed Wire, 1973, oil on paper, 42-12/ x 30-1/2
(Holocaust series#46)
Portrait of Mark Rothko, ink on paper, 42 x 30
Portrait of Louise Nevelson, 1978, ink on paper, 42 x 30
Portrait of Moshe Dayan, charcoal on paper, 34 x 28
Portrait of Arthur Rubinstein, 1978, ink & oil on paper, 33-1/2 x 23
Portrait of Ossip Walinsky, 1956, charcoal on paper, 24 x 18-1/2
Self-Portrait, 1953, charcoal on paper, 32 x 26
Museum of the Holocaust, Washington DC
Victims, 1935, pastel on paper
Victims, 1937, ink on paper
Victim, 1943, ink on paper
Victim, undated, crayon on paper
Victim, 1934, watercolor on paper
Survivors, 1933, watercolor & ink on paper
Victims, 1936, watercolor on paper
Victim, 1943, watercolor & red pencil on paper
Survivor, 1945, ink & pen on paper
Survivor, 1945, watercolor & crayon & pencil on paper
Victim, 1943, ink on canvas
Survivors, 1929, charcoal

Museum of Religious Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC
Sacrifice of Isaac, 1957: oil on paper, 36 x 72
Victims, 1957, oil on paper mounted on masonite, 36 x 72

Museum of Safad, Israel
Old Patriarch, 1935: oil: 25 x 30
Samson & the Lions, 1955: oil (black & white), 16 x 20

National Museum of American Art , Washington DC
Adam & Eve, 1960: collage
Portrait of Arshile Gorky, 1978: charcoal & gouache

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
Portrait of Louise Nevelson, 1983, 30-1/8 x 42-1/2

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
Portrait of Mark Rothko, pastel on paper, 42-1/2 x 30

Norfolk Museum, Virginia
Burma Landscape # 7, "Figures in Landscape", 1962: casein on shan paper, 24 x 36

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham MA
Susannah & the Elders, 1970: oil on paper, 33-12 x 47
Portrait of Justice Brandeis, 1943: charcoal on paper, 21-7/8 x 14-1/2

Sholom Asch Museum, Bat Yam, Israel
Mother & Child, 1956: casein on canvas (black & white), 16 x 20

Smithsonian Institute, Archives of American Art, Washington DC
Scrapbook of the Guild Art Gallery (1936-7), sketchbooks, & journals on art & world travel

Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Helena Rubenstein Pavillion
Burma Landscape, 1957: casein, 12 x 16

Wichita State University Museum, Kansas
Senora, 1957: casein on canvas, 7-3/8 x 11-3/8
Ancestors, 1953: ink on canvas, 6-5/8 x 10-3/8

Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
Young Woman Reading, 1932, charcoal on paper, 21 x 26
Victim: Woman Reading, 1953, ink on canvas, 25 x 19

Yad Vashem, Israel
Victims: Men on Way to Gas Chamber, 1978: charcoal on paper, 30-1/2 x 42-1/2
Victim: Profile with Jewish Star, 1973: ink & oil on paper, 19 x 37-1/2

Yeshiva College Gallery, NYC
Sacrifice of Isaac, 1954: oil on canvas, 33 x 60

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, National Association of Women Artists Collection
The Earth Bears Witness ("Figures in Landscape"), 1955 (Holocaust series #38), oil on paper,
24-1/2 x 36-1/2

The Jewish Museum, NYC
Retrospective, 1957

Gres Gallery, Baltimore, 1959

Sunken Meadow Gallery of Contemporary Art
Long Island, 1959

Monede Gallery, NYC
"The Collage & The Figure", 1960

Museum of Religious Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
"Holocaust: Paintings & Drawings, 1953-1978"

Hebrew Union College, NYC, 1980

War Memorial Building, Baltimore MD, 1980

Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore MD, 1980

Mercy College of Detroit, MI, 1980
(and artist in residence)

College Miseracordia, Dallas PA, 1981

Clark University Center for Holocaust Studies
Worcester, Massachusetts, 1999
"Echoes of the Holocaust: Paintings, Drawings & Collage, 1940-1989"
(inaugural exhibition)

Onisaburo Gallery at the Interfaith Center of New York
"Portraits of Faith," 2000
(inaugural exhibition)

Muzea Ghetta at the Památník Terezín
Ghetto Museum at the Terezin Memorial
Thieresenstadt, Czech Republic, 2000
"Echoes of the Holocaust"


Salon Des Independents
Paris, c. 1926-30

Marie Harriman Gallery
NYC, 1934

Pennsylvania Academy, 1935

Cleveland Museum, 1936

Guild Art Gallery
NYC, 1936-37
(also founder & director)

American Artists' Congress
First Annual Membership Exhibition
NYC, 1937

Artists for Victory
Metropolitan Museum of Art
NYC, 1942

Pictures of the Year
Metropolitan Museum of Art
NYC, 1943

Pepsicola Company's Paintings of the Year
National Academy of Design
NYC, 1946

Recent Drawings USA
Museum of Modern Art
NYC, 1956

Baltimore Museum of Art, 1957

The American Federation for Arts
God & Man in Art
NYC, 1959

Chateau de la Napoule
La Napoule, France, 1965

Premier Salon International de la Femme
Cannes, France, 1966

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts, 1971
Contemporary Paintings

Forty Years of American Collage, 1976
St. Peter's College Art Gallery, NJ

Museum of Religious Art, St. John the Divine, NYC,1977
Sacred Images: East & West

Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors
Contemporary Art Gallery, NYC, 1980

Buecker & Harsichords
Soho, NYC,1982

Riverside Museum, NYC
Numerous shows, 1953-1969 (including Ten Women Artists, 1954)

National Association of Women Artists
Numerous Shows, 1959-1976

Hudson River Museum, New York
Manhattan Group

Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors
Federal Hall, NYC, 1998

New Century Artists, Soho
Reflections on the Holocaust, 2001

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