An exhibition by a Somerville College alumni will go on display in the University of Oxford college more than 70 years after she graduated.

The exhibition, titled 'The Wrong Sex', will run from April 9 to May 25 showing the late Fanchon Fröhlich's works.

Ms Fröhlich, who graduated in 1953 with a degree in post-Wittgenstein linguistic philosophy, produced the artwork displayed in the exhibition in the 1960s at Atelier 17 in Paris.

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Apart from framed prints, the exhibition will also feature a selection of Ms Fröhlich’s research theoretical papers, her journals, and photography of the artist’s life and work.

It has been curated by artist Terry Duffy, founder and CEO of The British Art and Design Association, whom Ms Fröhlich bequeathed her archive to.

Mr Duffy said: “Alongside writing and publishing works on quantum physics and philosophy, Fanchon was also a prolific Abstract, Expressionist painter, printmaker and draughtsperson. 

"Throughout her life she was constantly pushing boundaries and travelled the world exploring new techniques and approaches in her work.

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"Fanchon was an incredibly talented and innovative artist but, like many female artists and scientists of that time, she was in the shadows of her male counterparts."

He added: "She left an extraordinary legacy of work which deserves to be recognised.

"This exhibition is an opportunity to introduce her work to a new audience and demonstrate the impact she had across artistic, scientific, and philosophical spheres."

Somerville's principal, Jan Royall, said: "It is clear that Fanchon Fröhlich was a brilliant artist miles ahead of her time.

"It feels apt that this important new exhibition, which proves just how trailblazing Fanchon was, will find a home at her former college, where the talents and potential of women such as Fanchon have never been limited."

Born in the US, Ms Fanchon moved to the UK in 1949 to study at Somerville College.

She was thought to be influenced by philosophy of science, having studied the subject at Chicago University under Professor Rudolph Carnap.

At Somerville, she was taught by Professor Peter Strawson, who hung one of Ms Fröhlich’s paintings in his office.

Named after Mary Somerville, for whom the term ‘scientist’ was originally coined, Somerville College became one of Oxford's first colleges for women in 1879.

Since then, Somerville women have broken barriers and made significant contributions to the world.

The first day of the exhibition on April 9 will culminate with a special talk by Mr Duffy at 5.30pm.

Besides Ms Fröhlich's artwork, her book 'S.W Hayter’s Research On Experimental Drawing' will be on sale at the exhibition.