Milein Cosman(1921-2017), Artist
Artist of 19 portraits
Brought up in Düsseldorf, Cosman moved to London in 1939 and studied drawing and printmaking at the Slade. After the War she began freelance drawing for newspapers and magazines, specialising in figures from the world of music and dance. She was also a prolific book illustrator and made a series of school programmes on drawing for ITV in the late 1950s. Cosman was married to the musician and broadcaster Hans Keller, with whom she often collaborated. In 1996, Sir Ernst Gombrich commented: '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.'
by Milein Cosman
pen and ink, 1960s
- Hans Keller (husband)
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