An exhibition celebrating the life and work of one of Britain's most poetic and cosmopolitan portraitists, Zsuzsi Roboz (1929 - 2012).
Born into a cultured and privileged Budapest family, Roboz's world was shattered by the Russian invasion of Hungary. Escaping under gunfire with her mother after her father's disappearance, she eventually settled in Paris and this gamine, but driven young woman found work with legendary film director Alexander Korda, a family friend, who introduced her to the portraitist, Pietro Annigoni.
Roboz's portrait style was greatly influenced by that of her teacher, but she always retained a passion for capturing not only the likeness of her subjects, but also their creative aura. She made working studies and portraits of some of the most iconic personalities of British theatre, ballet, music and literature and a survey of her portraiture, 'Zsuzsi Roboz - face to face' by John Russell Taylor was published in 2011.
The exhibition includes many of these portraits alongside her energetic and sensitive studies of nudes, dancers, musicians, conductors, and of course, her forays into narrative surrealism, a genre for which she nurtured a particular passion throughout her life.