Cindy Lass cul­ti­vates Anne Frank’s legacy with a paint­ing of her fa­mous tree

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

NORTH-LON­DON ARTIST Cindy Lass has been com­mis­sioned by Sir El­ton John, Ge­orge Michael and the Queen. But it is her latest en­deav­our that she feels par­tic­u­larly pas­sion­ate about.

The mother-of-two re­cently com­pleted a paint­ing of “Anne Frank’s tree” for the Anne Frank Trust. The teenager fa­mously looked out on to a chest­nut tree, which pro­vided a rare glimpse to the out­side world, as she spent two years hid­ing from the Nazis in an Am­s­ter­dam at­tic. Anne died in Ber­gen-Belsen in 1945, aged 15.

Mrs Lass’s paint­ing, No Time To Blos­som, is to be un­veiled by ac­tress Emma Thompson on June 12, to com­mem­o­rate what would have been Anne’s 79th birth­day. “No project has ever been closer to my heart,” Mrs Lass, who is in her 30s, tells Peo­ple. “I have painted this iconic tree in all its beauty, in the hope that all the chil­dren of the world can one day be al­lowed to blos­som. I hope the paint­ing keeps alive the images of a tree which gave a glimpse of na­ture to Anne dur­ing her child­hood im­pris­on­ment and will con­tinue to chal­lenge prej­u­dice, re­duce ha­tred and raise aware­ness of what Anne, her fam­ily and six mil­lion oth­ers went through, en­cour­ag­ing the he fu­ture gen­er­a­tion to think about how they treat other peo­ple.”

A mem­ber of St John’s Wood Syn­a­gogue, she says work­ing on the piece, which took around four months to com­plete, was an emo­tional process. The paint­ing will be auc­tioned later this year, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Anne Frank Trust UK.­

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