...Unique among modern artists, Anna Ticho draws with a skill and insight usually associated with masters of the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries, thought her work is in no way dated or academic. Indeed, it is a fitting expression of her country, where antiquity and the modern world are intimately interrelated
William C. Seiz
Born in Moravia, then part of the Austro Hungarian Empire. Ticho first studied drawing at the age of 15 in Vienna. In 1912 she immigrated to Israel with her cousin, whom she later married.
For many years, Ticho assisted her husband, who was a famous surgeon. their beautiful old house in the center of Jerusalem (now known as the Ticho House) had become a meeting place for Jerusalemites who enjoyed the cosmopolitan atmosphere.
According to Ticho, she was so profoundly moved by Jerusalem and the magnitude of the landscape that for a long time she did not dare to record her feelings on paper.
Ticho saw the beauty of Jerusalem in the solitude of its hills, the untouched virginity and grandeur of its surroundings. her landscape drawings of the city surroundings represent a rare phenomenon- Superb draftsmanship and a deep understanding of nature.
In her late years, after her husband died, Ticho's work took a new turn. after years of drawing from nature, living among the hills of Judea and observing the landscape from her small country house near Jerusalem, she ceased to look outside for her motifs. she strated to create large scale drawings which removed from the reality of nature and coming from her memory and inner vision, her paintings seemed more like free drawing, almost abstract.
for further reading:
- Irit Salmon, Anna Ticho, from the Jewish Women Archive >> link to the full text
- Irit Salmon, The Landscape Choose Me: Anna Ticho, Portraits and
Landscapes, 2010, exhibition catalog, Hecht Museum, Haifa
- Elisheva Cohen, Anna Ticho, 1986, Keter Publishing, Jerusalem (in Hebrew)
- Yona Fischer (ed.), Outlines 1918-1975, 1976, Israel Museum, Jerusalem