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Hannah Weil (1921–2011) Modern British artist ‘Egg Trompe-l'oeil’

Hannah Weil (1921–2011) Modern British artist ‘Egg Trompe-l'oeil’

‘Egg Trompe-l'oeil’ painted by Hannah Weil (1921–2011)
Oil on board in a period frame original to the painting
Unframed size 9 x 6 ins (23 x 15 cm)
Framed size 15 x 12.5 (38 x 32 cm)

Hanna Weil was born in Munich, Germany in 1921. Her family fled to England in 1932, settling in Hampstead Garden Suburb. She attended the North London Collegiate School before winning a place at Saint Martin’s School of Art to study dress design. She spent much of the War at St Martin’s from 1940-43, her tutors included Vivian Pitchforth and Muriel Pemberton. On graduating, she began her career as an art teacher working first for the Hammersmith School of Arts and Crafts from 1945 to 1948 before returning to St Martins, where she remained a popular tutor until 1987. She exhibited widely commercially, notably at the Royal Academy, the Leicester Galleries, the Trafford Galleries, in the provinces and abroad. Her husband Rudolf Strauss, played an integral part in the invention of the transistor radio. Her poster designs for London Transport are held in the London Transport Museum who still sell reproductions of them. Her work is represented in Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Art Collections. Her daughter Mrs Delaney, was quoted in the Ham & High as saying “Her sense of perspective was completely hopeless and that gave her paintings a fairly surreal feel.”