Other name Dodo
Born Berlin, Germany
Died London, England
Object type drawing
Medium watercolour and pencil on paper
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 studying design at the Reimann Schule (1923–26), Dodo worked as a fashion illustrator in Berlin, later contributing illustrations to the satirical magazine ULK. Her marriage to Hans Bürgner in 1929 (divorced 1938), complicated by an affair with psychoanalyst Gerhard Adler (whom she later married), led to Jungian analysis in Zurich in 1933. The resulting outpouring of hallucinatory images explore guilt, alienation and separation as in this self-portrait. She immigrated to England with Adler in 1936, followed in 1938 by Bürgner 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’.