Art: Suzannes

In 1934 a sharp-eyed scout for Leicester Galleries wandered into the Galeries Zak in Paris and saw six pictures by a young German girl, just purchased by Mme Zak. Painted in monotones of grey, tan and pink, in a style heavily reminiscent of Marie Laurencin and spiced with Degas and Renoir, were pictures in a musicomedy adaptation of 1900 costumes: drinking at cafes, riding on merry-go-rounds, many another simplified scene. Almost immediately the artist, 26-year-old, blonde Suzanne Eisendieck, became a ward of the Leicester Galleries, and a story straight out of La Vie...

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