Nina Talbot

Painter - Writer
painting, Grus in Marienbad, by Nina Talbot
Grus in Marienbad, 2020, oil on linen, 26 x 20 inches

Places in Galicia

Grus in Marienbad

Amalia Charak, whom we called ‘Grus’ was my paternal great-grandmother. She was born in Skole 1882. She and her husband Isidore lived in many cities in the Lemberg/Lwów/L’viv area, where Isidore found work as a civil clerk.

I have a photograph of Grus, looking very elegant in a fur-trimmed coat on a metropolitan street with a large domed building in the background. Originally I thought the location of the photo was in Vienna, as that was one of the places where the family spent time. It turns out that the location is in Marienbad near the Pavilion of Cross Springs.