I did not know Maria personally but I adore her work and have one of her casein pieces....May God keep her close to him...she's home now.
Marika Abrams was for our family a generous and loyal friend, provider of affection and elegant dinners for us and our mothers. We admired (and acquired)several of her paintings. Need I add that she had a fully achieved professional career as a painter without the benefit of that embarrassing sobriquet "woman painter"? When I taught at University of Washington a course on the literature of the Holocaust I invited her to speak to the class about her experience in the killing center of Auschwitz. It was for most of the students an enlightening and compelling experience, and for a few something that helped to determine the course of their lives.
Marika's life was deeply affected by the two Jewish experiences of biblical magnitude that occurred within just a few years of each other: the destruction of European Jewry and the foundation of the state of Israel, where her son and his family now live. She was caught up in the last stage of Europe's campaign to cleanse itself of Jews, the final version of that ever-shortening sentence stretched over centuries. The missionaries of Christianity had said: "You have no right to live among us as Jews. The secular rulers who followed them had said: You have no right to live among us. The German Nazis at last decreed: "You have no right to live." Just a few years after the destruction of Hungarian Jewry (the last large Jewish population to be reached by the Nazis) came the establishment of the state of Israel, one of the few redeeming events in a century of blood and shame; and Marika (who understood that Israel came into being not because of the Holocaust but in spite of it) had the satisfaction of living long enough to see her own son embody this uniquely powerful affirmation of the will to live by a martyred people.
Baruch dayan emet.
My family & I offer our heartfelt condolences. Maria touched many lives, and is deeply missed. May the God of all comfort be with you all during this time of intense grief, and always. So very sorry for your loss.
I am a huge fan of hers. I wish I had known her.
I am honored to have known Maria. She
was a gracious neighbor and friend. I
send my sincerest condolences to her
family. Sincerely, Linda J. Keeler, a
former neighbor on West Mercer Way,
Marie Frank Abrams knew he beauty of God's creation and it hsowed in her art..."Everything he has made pretty in its time." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
the greatness of maria's art is only outweighed by the inspiration of her life and conduct toward others. her life touched on major events of the past century yet her life was dedicated to creativity and compassion. to make art for her was to affirm life and deny evil.