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: 36.5” H x 23”L x 13.5”W
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Hand sculpted Carrara marble
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