Ben Uri collection


Artist information

Name Henry Edion (1905-1987)

Other name Heinrich Edelstein

Born Vienna, Austria

Died London, England

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Born Heinrich Edelstein in Vienna, Henry Edion was encouraged to paint while held in a Nazi Concentration camp by fellow prisoner and German Expressionist painter Gert Wollheim. After the war he studied at L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris and lived and worked in Indo-China, Australia, Italy, France, Canada and America, eventually moving to England. His work, much influenced by the threat of Nuclear War, was exhibited by the Arts Council, Ben Uri and Crane Kalman Gallery.

Object Details

Date 1970

Object type drawing

Medium pen and ink on paper

Materials and techniques ink | pen (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 50.5 x 35 cm

Framed 61 x 50 cm

Signed signed and dated, bottom right: Edion 1970

Acquisition presented by Paul and Mary Rees and Pat and Alex Gilmour

Accession number 2012-1993-51

Display status not on display

Edion's work which typically employed thick black lines, strong colours and a sense of humour, was strongly influenced by the threat of nuclear war; rockets were a common motif.


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