About Eva Fischer
Daruvar (Ex-Yugoslavia), November 19th, 1920 - Rome, July 7th, 2015.
Born on 1920, Eva studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lyon (France) and returned to Belgrade just before the bombardments of 1941. Her father, Leopold, Chief Rabbi, and noted Talmudist, was eported by the Nazis with more than thirty members of his family.
Eva was interned with her mother and her younger brother in the Vallegrande concentration camp (on the island of Curzola) under the Italian administration. She was allowed to assist her sick mother with her brother in Split’s hospital, where they received permission to be transferred to Bologna. There, in 1943, Eva began to collaborate with the “Partito d’Azione” (the Resistance against the Nazis).
At the end of the war she made Rome her home. She became a member of a group of Via Margutta. She started her friendship with Mafai, Guttuso, Tot, Campigli, Fazzini, Carlo Levi, Capogrossi, Corrado Alvaro and so many others of that generation of artists, who had developed unlighted ideas, within the darkness of dictatorship. She had an intense friendship with De Chirico, Mirko, Sandro Penna and Franco Ferrara, who was already a famous conductor. She took long walks at night in Rome with Jacopo Recupero, Cagli, Avenali, Giuseppe Berto and Alfonso Gatto, and also with Maurice Druon, who was not yet the French Culture Minister and who was already writing the pages of “The great families”.
At that time that Dali saw and fell in love with her paintings about the “oldest markets of Rome”, while the same Ehrenburg wrote on her “Humble and yet proud bicycles”.
She was encouraged and confirmed in her work by Picasso, whom she met at Visconti’s home. During her long stay in Paris, she lived in Saint Germain des Prés and became a friend of Chagall and Ossip Zadkine, both of whom admired her for the courage and her intense, constructive experimentation.
Her subsequent stay at Madrid saw her the center of the fiery debates at the studio of Juan Mordò, where many of the most renowned Spanish artists gathered.
In the last Sixties she was in London where the Lefevre Gallery exhibited her paintings and acclaimed their “Mediterranean colours and Italianism”.
Nominated “Artist of the European Community” in the early Eighties, she was the first woman to exhibit at the Osaka Museum of Fine Arts.
She travelled and were appreciated all over the world. In Israel she had a personal exhibition at Yad Vashem, theIsrael's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust and in the Municipal Center in Kfar Saba exits already the “Eva Fischer Found”. In America she had greatly appreciated by collectors such as Humphrey Bogart, Laureen Bacall and Henry Fonda.
Eva Fischer’s artistic career has been characterized by exchanges and friendship with the major artists and literary personalities of her time, of which we note the long friendship with Ennio Morricone who wrote numerous pieces for her which translated the emotions of her pictorial chromaticisms into unforgettable compositions. Ennio dedicated her in 1990 a CD entitled "A Eva Fischer pittore."
In 2008, the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, has conferred to Eva Fischer the acknowledgment of “Cavaliere dell’Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana” (Knight of the Republic).