Ben Uri collection

Seated Female Nude

Artist information

Name Fred Kormis (1897-1986)

Other name Fritz

Born Frankfurt, Germany

Died London, England

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Fritz (Fred) Kormis was born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt, Germany in 1897 and apprenticed to a sculpture workshop at the age of 14. During the First World War (owing to his Austrian father), he was drafted into the Austrian army, and in 1915 was captured, wounded and imprisoned for five years in Siberia - an experience which moulded the rest of his life and career. Eventually, he escaped and after procuring a Swiss passport in Vladivlostok, returned to Frankfurt in 1920, where he resumed his career. Following Hitler's rise to power in 1933, he moved first to Holland and then, in 1934 to England, where he settled in North London's 'Finchleystrasse', later gaining British citizenship. Much of his work was lost after his studio was bombed in 1940.

Kormis' memorial work was a major part of his oeuvre and includes the five-piece 'Prisoners of War and Concentration Camp Victims Memorial' in Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill, and a relief plaque, 'Marchers', outside Kings College, London. A memorial exhibition of his work was held at the Sternberg Centre in 1988.

Object Details

Object type drawing

Medium pencil on paper

Materials and techniques pencil (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 35.4 x 39.3 cm

Framed 60 x 62.8 cm

Acquisition presented by the Contemporary Art Society - Tom Bendhem bequest

Accession number 2004-9

Display status not on display


drawing | female | nude | seated

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