Suzanne Perlman: Catching the Ephemeral

Dutch Centre, London


Suzanne Perlman was born in Budapest in 1923 to a family of art and antique dealers and grew up surrounded by art and artists. After marrying her Dutch husband Henri in 1939, Suzanne moved to Rotterdam. However, her time there was cut short as the Second World War engulfed Europe. The couple narrowly escaped from Nazi persecution via Paris to the Caribbean island of Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles, where they lived for the next four decades. Perlman began her artistic career in Curaçao painting the island and its people and she was awarded the Officer of the Royal Order of Oranje Nassau in recognition of her outstanding contributions to art.

This exhibition, taking place in London where Perlman has lived since the 1980s, focuses on the three main periods of her artistic career: pictures made in Curaçao between 1941 and 1971; those created in the United States between 1970 and 1978; and works painted in London between 2002 and 2018. Featuring around 25 works, the exhibition takes its title from Perlman’s express aim to capture the ‘fleeting moment of insight’ – inspired by the words once spoken to her by Perlman’s former teacher Oscar Kokoschka: ‘The very first impression of a vision is crucial to retain. […] This cannot be taught, but you can do it.’  Find out more about the Perlman exhibition from the Dutch Centre’s website.

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Bank Holiday at St. James Park (2005), Suzanne Perlman. Courtesy the artist

Couple with Daily Problems (1950), Suzanne Perlman. Courtesy the artist

Self Portrait (2002), Suzanne Perlman. Courtesy Piano Nobile, Robert Travers (Works of Art) Ltd

After the Bath (1978), Suzanne Perlman. Courtesy the artist

Seated Nude, Suzanne Perlman

Seated Nude (1969), Suzanne Perlman. Courtesy the artist

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