Capturing the verve of dancers in performance

PUBLISHED: 11:02 04 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:35 07 September 2010

To Milein Cosman, master of the illusion of movement, runs Ernst Gombrich s inscription in a copy of his seminal work Art And Illusion which he gave to his fellow Hampstead resident in 1962. Her powerful portrait of the Austrian art historian was in the

'To Milein Cosman, master of the illusion of movement," runs Ernst Gombrich's inscription in a copy of his seminal work Art And Illusion which he gave to his fellow Hampstead resident in 1962. Her powerful portrait of the Austrian art historian was in the memorable retrospective of six decades of Cosman's art at Burgh House in Hampstead last year.

Now the nearby New End Gallery has an exhibition of her drawings and prints of dancers. Cosman favours capturing them in performance, giving these studies the verve of the drawings of musicians in action for which she is best known. Subjects range from Russian-American choreographer and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov to the Javanese dancers pictured.

Born into a Jewish family in Germany in 1921, Cosman came to England to study at the Slade in 1939 and moved to Oxford when the school was evacuated to the Ashmolean during the war. She settled in Hampstead in 1946 and a year later met her future husband, the influential Austrian-born musician, writer and broadcaster Hans Keller, who joined her there. The Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust has produced a 2010 calendar for this exhibition, with reproductions of her drawings.

o Dancers runs until December 20 at 27 Carnegie House, New End, Hampstead. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 6pm, Sunday noon to 6pm.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ham&High. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express