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Watercolor of a bridge over a river water with a distant view of the Terezin tower

Object | Accession Number: 1989.2.97

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Watercolor of a bridge over a tree lined river and a view of the Theresienstadt tower in the distance created at Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto-labor camp in German occupied Czechoslovakia. The camp opened in November 24, 1941 and was in operation about 3.5 years, until May 2, 1945. The German SS imprisoned certain categories of German, Austrian, and Czech Jews in the ghetto, including many prominent intellectual or cultural figures. There was a large Technical Department where many artists were assigned to work, creating technical drawings, maps, etc. for the camp administration. Many of them secretly created works documenting the actual overcrowded, disease ridden conditions of the camp. The works were buried or hidden behind walls and recovered postwar. Roughly 140,000 Jews were sent to Theresienstadt; nearly 90,000 were sent to camps in the east where most died, and about 33,000 perished in Theresienstadt.
    Artwork Title
    Bridge with the Terezin tower in the background,
    Date
    creation:  approximately 1942-1945
    undated: 
    Geography
    creation: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark Talisman

    Physical Details

    Language
    Czech
    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Paintings
    Physical Description
    Watercolor on paper depicting a bridge spanning a wide stream with the side of a building on the left and trees with brown foliage with black accents in the background. The sky is brown mixed with gradient gray shading. The drawing is in a windowpane mat with a piece of paper taped to the back.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 17.625 inches (44.768 cm) | Width: 13.750 inches (34.925 cm)
    pictorial area: Height: 3.250 inches (8.255 cm) | Width: 3.000 inches (7.62 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, watercolor, graphite, ink
    Inscription
    mat, back, on paper, black ink : 18. Lávka / Terezínská věž v pozadí / kresba štĕtcem/ 24 [Bridge, Terezin tower in the background, drawing with a paintbrush]
    mat, back, bottom right corner, colored pencil : 18.

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The watercolor was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1989 by Mark Talisman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-02 09:37:15
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