Milein Cosman was born on 31 March 1921 and during her long life produced a wide-ranging and prolific body of work. Never without her sketchbook, she drew everything and everyone around her. Particularly remarkable was her ability to capture character in movement, and her many portraits of performing artists created a pictorial ‘Who’s Who’ of the cultural elite of the second half of the twentieth century.

She worked in a broad range of media, from drawings and prints to paintings and sculpture, but she was best known for her unique rapid drawing technique that enabled her to capture the most fleeting of moments.

Events in person

Events marking Milein Cosman’s centenary are currently planned in London, Berlin, Salzburg and Düsseldorf.

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Online events

Online talks and virtual exhibitions.

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Centenary calendar

The Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust has published a 2021 Calendar of her portraits of some of the musicians she encountered in the 1940s and 1950s.

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