Hanna Eshel, ‘Going Through’, 1977, Todd Merrill Studio

Hanna Eshel is an internationally recognized artist whose work has evolved over many years and a wide variety of media. A fifth generation Israeli born in Jerusalem in 1926, Eshel first studied at the Bezalel School of Art. Eshel moved to Paris in 1952, completing advanced studies in painting and fresco at the Academic de la Grande Chaumiere and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where she was awarded the first prize in the Concours de France. It was during her twenty-year period in France that she created the majority of her oil paintings, paper collages and burlap collage/paintings.

As Eshel’s art grew more and more three-dimensional (many of her burlap collage paintings contain clefts, fissures and holes, some of which are actually double-sided works) she began to experiment with other sculpting media. Her search for a material with soul is what brought her to Carrara, Italy. A proposed two-month sojourn turned into
six years – a time during which she created many original marble sculptures. Her 1996 autobiography “Michelangelo and Me: Six Years in My Carrara Haven” tells the story of her love of marble and how she learned to work with the material as one of a family of sculptors at Atelier Nicoli.

In the late seventies the world art mecca moved to New York, and so did Eshel, along with hundreds of paintings and 20,000 pounds of marble sculpture. Hanna Eshel’s art has been exhibited in several Salons in Paris and some of her sculptures are currently on permanent display in Israel.

This work is representative of her time spent in Carrara, Italy, where she studied sculpture.

Dimensions: 41” H x 17”L x 32”W

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About Hanna Eshel

Over the course of her long and prolific career, Hanna Eshel has produced a widely varied body of work that includes collage, oil painting, and sculpture. She studied painting in the 1950s, and her early works were textured oil paintings on burlap; over time, these paintings became increasingly three-dimensional, amounting to images on both sides of assemblage elements. Eshel discovered her passion and affinity for marble sculpture during a sojourn in Italy, after which she began to create her most iconic stone sculptures with fissures. “It seemed that with this trembling line I was expressing a tension that was appearing everywhere, ” she has said. Eshel moved to New York City in the 1970s and began to make her photo-paintings, in which she extended sections of photographs with paint.

Israeli, b. 1926