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Ruth Markus (1924-2012)

Ruth Markus was born in Prague. Her father, a Supreme Court judge died when she was just nine. A few years later, she was sent to Auschwitz with her mother and twin brother whom she never saw again. Three years later she was traded for margarine and coal and sent to Denmark. From there, she went to Norway where she met her husband and started a family before moving to the United States.

Markus was always interested in art but put family and home first until her three children went to school. She experimented with several mediums before falling in love with the process of enamelling. She became a student of Vada Bettler and began making jewelry, then boxes.

In the 1970s, Markus began creating what she is most known for - enamelled faces done in her own "evaluation technique" of applying enamel to curved pieces of copper. She went from creating faces to making full-figured bodies placed in entire scenes. Her pieces were generally very colorful and rich in details like lace, feathers and bows. Markus also created figures of popular celebrities of the 1980s, including Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.


Ruth Markus, "Dutch Kitchen" Original Enamelwork Room  

Brightly colored in yellow with accents of red a blue, "Dutch Kitchen" by Ruth Markus is sunny and sweet. This mixed media piece features Markus' famous enamelwork paired alongside miniatures, fabric and plastic. Sits on a black base and comes with clear removable case.

$2,600

 

Ruth Markus, "Parisian Salon" Original Enamelwork Room

Rich purple with black and white accents make "Parisian Salon" by Ruth Markus classy and stylish. This mixed media piece features Markus' famous enamelwork paired alongside miniatures, fabric and plastic. Sits on a black base and comes with clear removable case.

$3,600

 

Ruth Markus Pure Silver and Turquoise Brooch

Pure silver and turquoise brooch by Ruth Markus features an enameled face at its center. Four large turquoise stones sit atop the pure silver. Silver scrolls and gemstone flowers decorate the front. Pin on back.              

$650