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Artist information

Name Alicia Melamed-Adams (1927-)

Born Boryslaw, Poland

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After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, the artist was the only member of her family to survive after the Jewish population of Drohobycz was forced into a ghetto. She is also the last surviving student of Polish-Jewish writer, artist and art teacher Bruno Schulz, who perished in Belzec extermination camp. In 1946 she met and married fellow survivor Adam Melamed in Warsaw. After two years in Paris, the couple moved to Britain, where she trained at St Martin’s School of Art.

Object Details

Date 1993

Object type mixed media

Medium mixed media on canvas

Materials and techniques canvas (support)

Unframed 80 x 63 cm

Framed 93 x 74 cm

Signed (lower right): 'Alicia Melamid'

Acquisition presented by the artist 1993

Accession number 1993-20

Display status not on display

In 1963 Melamed-Adams produced a series of works commemorating her family’s fate. Tears, a later work, reflects both a personal and collective grief at the Holocaust.

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