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Artist information

Name Dodo (1907-1998)

Other name Dörte Bürgner

Born Berlin, Germany

Died London, England

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After studying design at the Reimann Schule from 1923–26, Dodo worked as a fashion illustrator in Berlin, later contributing illustrations to the satirical magazine ULK. She immigrated to England in 1936, followed in 1938 by her husband and their two children. She supported herself with commissions including designs for fashion, chocolates and greeting cards and illustrating children’s books as ‘Dodo Adler’.

Object Details

Date 1933

Object type drawing

Medium watercolour and pencil on paper

Materials and techniques pencil | watercolour (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 56 x 42 cm

Signed (lower left): '33 Dodo'

Acquisition presented by the Dodo Estate, Athens

Accession number 2012-40

Display status On display in 'Refugees: The Lives of Others' until 4 June 2017

After her marriage to Hans Bürgner in 1929 (divorced 1938) was complicated by an affair with psychoanalyst Gerhard Adler (whom she later married), Dodo underwent Jungian analysis in Zurich in 1933. The resulting outpouring of hallucinatory images explore guilt, alienation and separation as in this self-portrait.

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