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Artist information

Name Edith Birkin (1927-)

Other name Edith Hofmann

Born Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic)

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As a young girl of 14 years old, Birkin entered the Lodz ghetto in Poland. Three years later, she was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. She survived a death march to Flossenberg camp in Germany and was liberated from Belsen in 1945. On her return to Prague she discovered that none of her family had survived. In 1946 she settled in England, where she went on to become a teacher. Her painting focuses on memories and experiences of the holocaust.

Object Details

Date 1987

Object type painting

Medium acrylic on canvas

Materials and techniques acrylic (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 69.1 x 52.2 cm

Framed 77.5 x 60.8 cm

Signed signed and dated, bottom right: E. Hofmann 1989

Acquisition gift from the artist 1989

Accession number 1989-1

Display status not on display

Edith Birkin has said of her painting: 'I evolved a pictorial language that enabled me to put my visions on canvas. It wasn’t so much the cruelty or physical suffering that I wanted to record. Most of all, I wanted to show what it felt like to be a human being, in the starved, emaciated strange-looking body, forever being separated from loved ones.'

Selected exhibition history

1989 Memories of the Holocaust: Edith Birkin (Hofmann)

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