Suzanne Balkanyi's life

SUZANNE Balkanyi was born in Budapest in 1922. 

Towards the end of the second world war she was interned by the Nazis, but with the help of her cousin Anna  Marcus (herself a considerable artist) she managed to escape and went into hiding until the end of the war. She came to Paris in 1947 where she studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.

For many years she worked as a zoological illustrator at the Ménagerie of the Jardins des Plantes (the Paris Zoo). At weekends she drew and painted across Paris. In her vacations she travelled extensively in Brittany, Normandy and Provence, then Italy and eventually further afield, drawing and collecting material for her etchings.

On her retirement, she began to do more ambitious and experimental work exhibiting regularly and working as secretary of the Pointe et Burin Paris (the Society of Etchers). She showed regularly at the Salon of Drawings and Watercolours. 

Shortly before her death in 2005, she is recorded as saying, “No one will ever know how happy I have been.”

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