|Lena Pilichowski (1884-1947)|
Market in Tangier, Morocco.
Oil on canvas
Signed "Pillico" lower left centre.
13 x 16 inches.
Painted in the 1920's.
This painting captures the atmosphere of 1920's Tangier, teeming with Arab life, and features the traditional dress including the distinctive red and white striped Djellaba, a kind of loose fitted robe, and the straw hats of the Berber, Jebli and Beldi women.
Lena Pilichowski (1884-1947):
Lena Pilichowski, known as Lena Pillico, was a Polish artist and textile designer who was a member of the modernist Seven and Five Society in London between 1923-1927 along with Ben Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. She painted mainly portraits and landscapes with figures and was strongly influenced by the Fauves, especially the leaders of that movement, Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. Early on she moved from Poland to Chevreuse in France which was within easy reach of Paris. Around 1904 she married the Polish realist artist Leopold Pilichowski (1869-1934) and they had four children before the family moved to London ten years later. Leopold served as President of the Association of Polish Jews in London and he was also President of the Ben Uri Society. The family lived in St John's Wood. Lena exhibited at the Jewish Artists Exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1923 and 1927 and was the first woman to exhibit with the Ben Uri Art and Literary Society. She died in 1947 aged 63.
Collections: Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Ben Uri Gallery & Museum.