Assia the Artist

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Assia in Mandalay, Burma, circa 1960. Image reproduced from 'Lover of Unreason', by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev

Assia in Mandalay, Burma, circa 1960. Image reproduced from ‘Lover of Unreason’, by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev

Few people know that Assia Gutmann Wevill was an accomplished artist in her own right. She painted brightly coloured miniatures of birds, fish, and flowers, and gave them to friends. She also drew the illustrations for many of Ted Hughes’s works. Sadly these have not survived

As well as her talents in the visual arts, Assia was a gifted translator. Her collaborative work with the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai was published to acclaim.  Assia was a poet in her own right, but sadly was never published in her life time.

Reproduced from 'Lover of Unreason', p.224, Koren and Negev

Reproduced from ‘Lover of Unreason’, p.224, Koren and Negev

Painting by Assia, Burma, 1960 (Courtesy David Wevill). Reproduced from 'Lover of Unreason' by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev.

Painting by Assia, Burma, 1960
(Courtesy David Wevill).
Reproduced from ‘Lover of Unreason’ by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev.