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Framed oil painting of a country scene created in the Łódź Ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2009.362.1

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Painting created by Stefan Krengel in the Łódź ghetto in Poland that was presented to Mr. Regner, the director of the transport division in the ghetto, on his birthday, July 14, 1942. The painting was signed on the back by all the clerks in the transport office and has a caption wishing Mr. Regner a happy birthday. Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, and one week later occupied Łódź. They renamed it Litzmannstadt and in February 1940 relocated all the Jews, roughly 100,000 people, into a sealed ghetto. Prewar Łódź was a thriving industrial city and the ghetto was an important manufacturing center. By September 1942, the majority of the residents had been deported to Chlemno killing center. The ghetto was destroyed in May 1944.
    Artwork Title
    Landscape with waterfall, stream, and bridge
    Date
    creation:  1942
    commemoration:  1942 July 14
    Geography
    creation: Litzmannstadt-Getto (Łódź, Poland); Łódź (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rafal Imbro
    Signature
    front bottom right, script written in red paint : Stefan Krengel / 1942
    Contributor
    Artist: Stefan Krengel

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Paintings
    Physical Description
    Rectangular oil painting depicting a blue and white waterfall and mountain stream with a brown wooden bridge with a sign post on the left. A second wooden bridge is further up the green and brown mountain. There is a large gray and black rock in the foreground to the left of the stream. The artist's signature is on the bottom right. On the reverse at the top is a paper label with an inscription in German; below the label are the date and inscribed signatures. It s in a wooden frame with textured gold paint on the front and black paint on the back. The back is covered with glass.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 15.500 inches (39.37 cm) | Width: 11.125 inches (28.258 cm) | Depth: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm)
    Materials
    overall : wood, glass, oil paint, pressure-sensitive tape, metal, paper
    Inscription
    back, on label, script, black and green ink : Zum Geburtstag 1942 / Herr Regner von Teiner / Transportabteilung / Gettoverwaltung Litzmannstadt [For the Birthday 1942 / Herr Regner von Teiner / Transportation Division / Ghetto administration
    back, on label, script, black ink : illegible signatures

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The painting was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009 by Rafal Imbro.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 21:51:06
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