Gisela Eichbaum: Pinturas e desenhos

Life and Family

Pais de Gisela Eichbaum

Família Bruch na praia

The Bruch family – Gisela is the second from left to right – during a summer at the beach, accompanied by an unidentified au pair (c. 1925).

Hans and Lene Bruch, parents of the artist (Mannheim, Germany, 1920s). Hans, of pure Germanic stock, married Lene (Hélène), a German Jew, in March 1917. Both were exceptionally talented pianists, graduated from the prestigious Music Conservatory of Cologne. They specialized in piano duo concerts, which they presented in numerous tours in Germany and Europe, to the acclaim of critics and press. When National Socialism came to power, the official state persecution of Jews began. One of these laws targeted so-called “mixed marriages”, precisely the case of Gisela’s parents. In face of the increasingly menacing political situation in Germany, Lene Bruch travelled in 1934 to Brazil, invited by the conductor Ernst Mehlich to explore new professional opportunities for herserlf and her husband. After several traumatic events for the family, Gisela arrived with her father in Brazil in September of 1935. The couple’s other daughter, Maria Luisa (Didi), would come the following year.

Gisela Bruch e sua irmã

Sisters Gisela and Didi (Mannheim, c. 1933)

1 Renewal of passport issued by the German Embassy in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, then federal capital, in 1941. Gisela’s full name appears on the document as Olga Fanny Gisela Bruch.

2 In Sao Paulo, Hans and Lene participate extensively in the cultural scene by performing at recitals and teaching, as the renowned piano teachers they already were, at their home at Rua Maranhão, 105.

3 Original document from the Reichsmusikkammer [State Music Institute] denying Lene Bruch, mother of Gisela, membership to the Institute that she requested in August of 1935. On the basis of Reichsmusikkammer anti-semitic legislation, Lene loses her right to exercise her profession (concert musician and teacher) in the institutions under the control of the Reichsmusikkammer. She is, however, granted the right of appeal, which must be forwarded to the President of the Reichsmusikkammer in Berlin.

Documentos Bruch no Brasil
Francisco Eichbaum

Francisco Eichbaum was a reputed physician and researcher, responsible for great humanitarian initiatives in São Paulo. Gisela’s husband was a German from Mainz, where he was born in 1906. Under pressure of the anti-semitic legislation of the National- Socialist German state, he emigrated to Czechoslovakia in 1933, which he escaped in 1939 to England. He emigrated to Brazil in 1940. Francisco and Gisela were married in 1948. He would become one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Gisela’s artistic career.The couple would hold musical evening parties at their home, when Francisco would play the cello and Gisela the piano. These well-known venues were often attended by artists of international reputation.

Filhos de Francisco e Gisela Eichbaum

Jan and Katia Eichbaum, children of Francisco and Gisela Eichbaum, in 1968.


Primeiro caderno de Gisela Bruch

First book of watercolors, c. 1942.

4 Tired of life (the first book of watercolors, c. 1942, with title written by hand by the artist).

5 Sunset in Toryba, hotel in Campos do Jordão (part of the first book of watercolors, with title written by hand by the artist with the original spelling).

6 Fair in Capivary, neighborhood of Campos do Jordão (part of the first book of watercolors, with title written by hand by the artist with the original spelling).

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7 Invitation to the solo exhibition at the São Paulo Modern Art Museum (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, MAMSP), at the time located on Rua Sete de Abril, downtown, 1956.

8 Invitation to the concurrent solo exhibition, together with Heinz Kühn and Leopoldo Raimo, at the Folha de São Paulo Art Gallery, São Paulo, in 1961.

Exposição individual simultânea, com Clara Heteny e Savério Castellano, na Galeria de Arte das Folhas

Concurrent solo exhibition, with Clara Heteny and Savério Castellano, at the Folhas de São Paulo Art Gallery, São Paulo, when she won the Leirner Award for Modern Art in 1958.

Exposição individual Trajetória Figurativa

Solo exhibition Trajetória Figurativa, Estúdio Jacarandá, São Paulo, in 2005.

Exposição individual Gisela Eichbaum

Solo exhibition at Astréia Gallery, São Paulo, 1969.

Gisela Eichbaum com colegas

From left to right, unidentified couple, Clara Heteny, Savério Castellano and Gisela Eichbaum.

7 Convite para exposição no MAMSP
8 Convite Convite para a exposição individual simultânea, em conjunto com Heinz Kühn e Leopoldo Raimo
Convite Convite para a exposição individual simultânea, em conjunto com Heinz Kühn e Leopoldo Raimo

Solo show at São Luiz Gallery, São Paulo, 1966.

Gisela Eichbaum: Retrospectiva 40 anos de pintura e desenho

40 Years of Painting and Drawing retrospective exhibition, São Paulo Art Museum (MASP) and Brazilian American Cultural Institute (BACI), Washington, USA, in 1983.

Exposição individual Gisela Eichbaum

The book Canções sem palavras, organized by the artist herself and launched at the São Paulo Art Museum (MASP) in 1986.

Exposição coletiva O Desenho no Escritório de Arte Augusta

O Desenho group exhibition at Escritório de Arte Augusta664, Sao Paulo, in 2003.

Exposição individual Sombras e Luzes na Casa das Artes Galeria

Solo exhibition Sombras e Luzes at the Casa das Artes Gallery, São Paulo, the only one in which the artists exhibited her oil paintings, in 1995.

Sala Especial na Quadrienal de Aquarelas

Special room at the Watercolors Quadrennial, at the Brazilian Central Bank, São Paulo, in 2004.