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Treasure from the Archives

vendredi, 4 octobre 2019   (1 Comments)
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You never know what you're going to find in Ecolint's vast collection of archives! Our Foundation Archivist Alejandro Rodríguez-Giovo recently unearthed a sketch-book containing sketches and photographs by famous alumna artist Milein Cosman. He shares the following:

"A long-lost photograph album from the late 1930s that lay hidden behind some shelves in the Foundation’s Archives has recently come to light. Thrillingly, it contains a series of original sketches by one of our students at the time, Milein Cosman (born 1921, Germany), who was to become a celebrated portrait artist after she settled in the United Kingdom, following her Ecolint education. The great art historian Sir Ernst Gombrich wrote of her in 1996: “Posterity will be grateful to Milein Cosman above all for the sureness of her eye, with which she has succeeded in capturing the unique quality of so many of our distinguished contemporaries.”

An additional detail of interest, from an Ecolintian perspective, is that Cosman’s various improvised drawings of fellow students (see above) include one of Edward A. Tenenbaum (nicknamed “Charli” at the time). Tenenbaum (born 1921), as an economist working for the U.S. military government in Germany after World War II, masterminded that country’s successful currency reform by creating the Deutsche Mark (replacing the Reichsmark). As a U.S. First Lieutenant and intelligence officer, he was also the first non-captive Allied soldier to enter Buchenwald concentration camp, on the 11th April 1945."

Milein Cosman (sixth from left) with fellow Ecolint students (including Susan Sweetser, fifth from left), in approximately 1938.

In an interesting turn of events, Milein Cosman would come to meet and sketch none other than the great Igor Stravinsky, whose great-great-grandchildren would also attend Ecolint, co-publishing and illustrating two books about the composer: Stravinsky at Rehearsal (1962) and Stravinsky Seen and Heard (1982), reissued as Stravinsky The Music Maker (2010). This provides yet more evidence that Ecolint transcends not only borders and languages, but also time itself, with generations of alumni overlapping providentially in their alma mater.


Giles P. Elwell-Sutton says...
Posted mardi, 15 octobre 2019
Fascinating, as is always the case with Ecolint archives. I look forward to more.

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