UCT students eat their meals every day in a dining hall decorated by herself and her students in the 50’s after she founded the School of Design at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she lectured for 12 years.
Eleanor was a brilliant graphic artist – a great draughtsman. Everything she did was structurally sound and this translated into her oils and her woodcuts in particular, which are exceptionally sought after.
She was a dedicated artist first and foremost. She married briefly but that broke up and she returned to Cape Town. She was a beautiful woman incidentally. She enjoyed the theatre and liked painting ballet dancers. In a quiet way she was a feminist and ahead of her time but never strident or aggressive in her beliefs. She was a gentle, sympathetic and well-like person. Her colours were secondary, low key and she used very few but they were brilliantly mixed.”
The bulk of Eleanor’s works are in private hands, although the National Gallery has a few paintings.
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