Anna Ticho (1894 – 1980) was a Jewish artist born in
Moraviawho became famous for her drawings of the Jerusalemhills.
Anna Ticho was born in
Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire(today Czech Republic) in 1894. At the age of 15, she began to study drawing in Vienna. In 1912 she immigrated to Palestinewith her cousin, the respected ophthalmologist Avraham Albert Ticho (1883-1960), whom she later married. They settled in Jerusalem, where Dr. Ticho opened an eye clinic and Anna worked as his assistant.(it closed in 1960 when Mr. Ticho died)
In 1924, the couple purchased a large house surrounded by gardens, built in 1880 for the
Nashashibis, a prominent local family, where they lived and worked. [ [http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/middle-east/israel/jerusalem/attraction-detail.html?vid=1154654611891 Beit Ticho - Reviews and Ratings of Sights in Jerusalem - New York Times Travel ] ] Ticho hosted local and British government officials in her home, as well as many artists, writers, academics and intellectuals. Toward the end of her life, she willed the house, her art collection, including many of her own works, and her husband's extensive Judaicacollection to the city of Jerusalem. she died in 1980. Ticho Houseoperates today as a branch of the Israel Museum, and houses a popular restaurant and cafe.
While the dramatically different light of the Middle East and the starkness of the landscape inhibited her artistic pursuits at first, in the 1930's Anna Ticho went back to drawing and painting. It was then that she produced many of the distinctive drawings of the hills of Jerusalem and portraits of local people for which she became well known. Today, Anna Ticho's drawings and
watercolorscan be found in major museums around the world.
Anna Ticho was awarded the
Israel Prize, the State of Israel's highest honor, in 1980.
* [http://www.engel-art.co.il Original works & lithographs by Anna Ticho]
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