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Self-portrait of Erich Kahn

Date made: 1940-1941

Description: A stencil by Erich Kahn of a self-portrait, produced in Hutchinson Internment Camp. Erich Kahn (1904-1979) was a German Expressionist artist. He was born in Stuttgart and lived in Germany until, persecuted by the Nazi regime, he found himself imprisoned at the Welzheim concentration camp. After taking refuge in England, he was interned at Hutchinson Camp. He died in London at the age of 75. Much of Kahn's work has been lost. He belonged to what came to be known as the "Forgotten Generation" of German Jewish Expressionism-influenced artists born at the beginning of the 20th century, whose careers were hindered by the ascension of Nazism.

Collected by Dr Klaus E. Hinrichsen (1912-2004) during his time as an internee in Hutchinson Camp. Hinrichsen was a young art historian who had fled to Britain in the 1930s to avoid Nazi persecution, and found himself interned with some of the leading German refugee artists of the day. He appreciated and recognised the significance of the material being produced in Hutchinson Camp, and began to collect and exhibit pieces within the camp. The resulting collection contains examples of the camps leading artists such as Eric Kahn, Hermann Fechenbach, Helmut Weissenborn, Bruno Ahrends, Fritz Kraemer and Paul Henning.

Materials: paper

Object name: print

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1996-0070/22



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