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Jacques Gotko (Yakow Gotkowski) (1900-1943)
Portrait of Abraham Kigner, a Study
Drancy Camp 1942

 © Beit Lohamei Haghetaot

Pencil on paper, 31 x 24 cm

Abraham Kigner perished in the death camps in Eastern Europe.

Georges Wellers wrote about the preparatory drawings for portraits of the inmates done by Gotko: Il travaillait lentement, avec beaucoup de soin. Si le "modèle" l'intéressait, alors il lui fallait plusieurs séances de pose et chacune durait parfois deux heures. [Gotko worked slowly and meticulously. If the "model" captured his interest, he asked him to sit for him many times, each sitting lasting about two hours.] (Georges Wellers. De Drancy à Auschwitz. Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine, Paris, 1946, p. 182.)

Signed and dated, lower right: Gotko, 42. Inscribed (in French), lower middle: Esquise pour le portrait de A. KIGNER, certifié par KISCHKA, [Preparatory drawing for the portrait of A. KIGNER, confirmed by KISCHKA]

© Beit Lohamei Haghetaot, Museum Number 1698.
Donated by Isis Kischka, Paris, 1970