Judy Cassab

An Australian story

Brenda Niall
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The extraordinary story of a woman who overcame living in the shadow of the holocaust to become one of Australia's most celebrated artists, told by Australia's most awarded biographer.

Judy Cassab has always been shadowed by her past. Born in Vienna in 1920 to Hungarian Jewish parents, she lived through the horrors of the Second World War. Her husband taken to a labour camp and her family killed in Auschwitz, she managed to survive in hiding.

Cassab migrated to Australia at a time when few women artists were given serious attention. Today, twice the winner of the Archibald Prize, Cassab is one of Australia's foremost painters, celebrated for her haunting desert landscapes as well as her portraits. But even in the midst of her triumphs, the effects of the Holocaust couldn't be left behind.

Judy Cassab's has been a life of struggle: to survive war, persecution and exile; to make a place for herself in Sydney as a migrant and an artist; and to hold together a loving but difficult marriage. Yet the Judy Cassab we see in this intimate biographical portrait is strong and vibrant, a woman of overriding passion, resilience and amazing determination.

Author bio:

Melbourne writer Brenda Niall has had a distinguished academic career at Monash University where she was Reader (Associate Professor) in the English Department. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She now writes fulltime and has won a host of literary prizes, including the National Book Council (Banjo) award and the Fellowship of Australian Writers Biography award for Martin Boyd: a Life; the Victorian Premier's award and the Australian Unity award for her biography of pioneer painter Georgiana McCrae; and the Queensland and Victorian Premiers' awards for The Boyds. In 2004 she was awarded the Order of Australia (AO).

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781741751529
Awards: Short-listed Queensland Premier's Literary Award, Non-fiction Book Category 2006 AU; Winner Fellowship of Australian Writers' (FAW) Melbourne University Publishing Award 2005 AU
Table Of Contents: Author's Note

Map of Eastern Europe

1 The Lost Childhood

2 Lovers and Friends

3 In Hiding

4 Under Siege

5 Displaced Persons

6 The Offshore Island

7 Brave New World

8 Finding the Centre

9 Deserts and Palaces

10 The Studio Door

11 The Public Self

12 The Private Self

13 Echoes and Hauntings

14 Masks and Mirrors

15 The Last Witness



I Selected Solo Shows

II Prizes and Distinctions

III Representation




Illustration credits

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: April 2007
Page Extent: 344
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Biography: general