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Homage to Amalie Kosses


59 x 45 cm (h x w)

acrylic on paper

On February 19, 1943, Amalie Kosses, who was only 10 years old, was murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. She had been born in Oude Pekela, Netherlands on April 20, 1932. It is a macabre coincidence that her birthday falls on the same day as of the man responsible for her death and that of her family. Amalie was the youngest child of Jeizel Kosses and Auguste Kosses-van der Zijl and her father was a butcher from an old butcher family. During the night of November 27 to 28, 1943, Amalie and her family were taken from their home and on February 16, 1943 were put on a train to Auschwitz, where they were all killed.

The portrait is part of the series called "Resonance - Never Forget". For the artist, portraying is a form of contemplation of the life of the person. The choice of color palette is meant to celebrate who Amalie was and what she could have become. Working on the portrait raises questions about Amalie's hopes for her future, her talents, what made her smile and what she could have accomplished if her life had not been taken away in Auschwitz.

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