Still Life of Flowers in Green Vase
Size without frame: 36x29
Born Marianne Herman in Prague. Lived with her mother in the Jewish ghetto, Theresienstadt, before choosing to go with her mother who had been selected to be transported to Auschwitz. Her artistic talent was discovered and she was ordered by the SS Dr Josef Mengele to sketch death camp prisoners. After 7 months, she was transported with her mother to Bergen-Belsen, which was liberated by the Allies just 10 days later. In the surrounding chaos of death and suffering, she was able to paint and produced some of her most powerful images. Both she and her mother survived the Holocaust and settled in Sweden with the help of the Red Cross. A friend put them in touch with a family in Glasgow, whose lodger Jack Grant (born Yakov Grodinski in East Prussia who had been sent to the UK by Kindertransport leaving his entire family behind in East Prussia where they all lost their lives in Auschwitz), became firstly a pen-friend and then husband to Marianne. They settled in Newton Mearns, where Jack became a minister at the synagogue. Although she brought all her paintings with her, they remained in a trunk at home for over 50 years until a grand-daughter’s school project about the Holocaust led to them being shown. In 2002, Kelvingrove Gallery displayed her paintings and filmed an interview of her experiences and published her book ‘I knew I was painting for my life’.