FCHAS Event with Rupert Edwards and Helaine Blumenfeld

Hard Beauty - talk and film

Please join us in the Richard Eden Suite (West Court, Clare Hall) on the 29 April at 5.30pm for a drinks reception.  The talk will start at 6.00 pm followed by a hot buffet reception served in the Richard Eden Suite at 7.30 pm.

Rupert Edwards will be introducing his recent documentary ‘Hard Beauty’ (2018) – a visual celebration of Helaine Blumenfeld’s work relying on unprecedented access to unique records and personal archives. 

‘Helaine Blumenfeld is one of the most respected sculptors of her generation and one of the art world's best-kept secrets. This is the first film about her life and work. Featuring sequences filmed in Paris, where Blumenfeld first learned her craft under the great Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine; in Pietrasanta (Italy) – a sanctuary for sculptors since Michelangelo, and where Blumenfeld has a studio; and in the artist's hometown of Cambridge, this film shows the story of one of Britain's great unsung artists. It follows the creation of Blumenfeld's sculpture, Tree of Life: Encounter, from its conception in clay, to scaling up, 'roughing out' and finishing the marble, to installing the completed 10ft sculpture at the Woolf Institute's new headquarters at Westminster College, Cambridge, in February 2018. Timothy Potts, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, who was interviewed by Rupert Edwards for this film concluded: "I am sure that Helaine's work will survive the test of time and she will have a place in 20th and 21st-century history"’ (imdb).

Entrance fee - £10 (payable at the door). Attendance is free for members of the College and of the FCHAS. Please RSVP to artsociety@clarehall.cam.ac.uk


  • Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, Patron FCHAS
  • Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Hon. Secretary FCHAS

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