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Budapest Ghetto Series 1944: A Couple Seated and Reading

Budapest Ghetto Series 1944: A Couple Seated and Reading


Ilka Gedő

(Hungarian, 1921-1985)


Sheet: 30.4 x 20.6 cm (11 15/16 x 8 1/8 in.)

Gift of Sietske and Herman Turndorf 2017.133



Ilka Gedö began her artistic training in Budapest the age of 9. In 1944, Gedö and her family were confined to the Budapest ghetto. There she created a large body of sketches of life in the ghetto. Each drawing conveys the swiftness of line, gestural quality, and spontaneity of a work drawn from life. Her quickly-sketched figures capture—with their postures and blank stares—various states of isolation and despair.

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