A Gentle Storm: Large-scale Works by Anna TichoJuly 16, 2013-December 7, 2013
Location: Ticho House
Curator: Timna Seligman
Anna Ticho was a prodigious draughtswoman, as attested by the thousands of drawings and sketches she bequeathed to the Israel Museum. The drawings span a sixty-year-long career, from the early 1920s until her death in 1980. This exhibition focuses on two bodies of work: her pastel landscapes and her watercolor depictions of flowers. Both of these groups are characterized by a remarkable use of color, their large scale, and their relatively late production in her artistic career.
From the late 1960s, Anna Ticho began to produce larger and larger landscape drawings. Often executed in the studio based on studies made in the open air, on photographs, or from memory, these works deal with the awe-inspiring vistas of the Jerusalem hills and Judean Desert to the south and east of the city. Moving away from the charcoal, graphite, and ink drawings of the preceding decades, pastel became the dominant medium of these expressive works, providing a palette of muted earth tones and dusty greens, often with surprising touches of vibrant blue, purple, and orange.
Ticho's watercolors of floral arrangements were primarily painted in the period between 1967 and 1973. Although the artist had already drawn flowers earlier in her career, it was during this time that such subjects became central to her oeuvre. The most striking feature of these works is their coloration– the use of watercolor imbues them with spontaneity and joie de vivre. The paintings are iridescent and full of vitality, perhaps reflecting the cheerful, euphoric atmosphere that suffused Israel following the Six-Day War of 1967 – for in 1973, with the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, these works came to an end. Ticho would pick a selection of flowers from the plants growing on the large balcony over the entrance to their home (known ever since as Ticho House), creating compositions ranging from full vases of flowers of all colors and shapes to delicate arrangements of only a bloom or two, which appeared almost Japanese in their austere precision.
Reflecting different aspects of the artist’s personality, this exhibition combines expressive, all-encompassing landscape drawings with calm, yet colorful, still lifes. Together they create a gentle storm of beauty – both internal and external.
All works are from the collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Bequest of Anna Ticho
Credits: The exhibition was made possible by the Ticho House Fund