Milein Cosman

Milein Cosman

Capturing Time


By Ines Schlenker

Milein Cosman (1921- 2017) was a remarkable artist and draughtswoman who drew primarily from life. Her portraits of fellow artists were fuelled by her own passions for music, literature, and visual arts. This new biography traces Cosman’s entire life, starting with her childhood in Germany to her immigration to England before the war, and her successful career as one of the most highly regarded illustrators in Britain. It also explores her marriage to musician and broadcaster Hans Keller and the fruits of their artistic collaboration. In addition to her drawings, this book features Cosman’s paintings, sculptures, and prints. Also discussed is her remarkable drawing technique, which involved extremely rapid sketching completed in one sitting. Readers are treated to the full panoply of her works, including sketches of renowned figures such as Francis Bacon, T.S. Eliot, and Igor Stravinsky.


See also: The Gift of Music: Cosman Collection




Publication: February 2019