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Homage to Levie Ekstein

10/01/2023

59 x 46 cm (h x w)

acrylic on paper

Levie Ekstein, born on July 12, 1932, was only 10 years old when he was killed in Auschwitz. He and his family, which included his siblings Aaltje, Esther, and Hartog, and their mother Rosa, lived in Eindhoven in the Netherlands during the war. Levie's father, Lazarus Ekstein, owned a flower shop in the city center. On November 12, 1942, they were taken to Westerbork, which was known as the "gate to hell," and then deported to Auschwitz on November 20, where they were killed upon arrival on November 23.

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

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