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Vondelpark in Amsterdam | 1933
Vondelpark in Amsterdam | 1933
Vondelpark in Amsterdam | 1933

Vondelpark in Amsterdam | 1933

Erich Brill

1895 Lübeck — 1942 KZ Jungfernhof in Riga

Erich Brill was born into a Jewish family in Lübeck. They moved to Hamburg in 1897. Brill initially did an apprenticeship at his father’s timber wholesale company, then studied philosophy and political sciences, taking his doctorate in 1919. At the same time, he studied art. He also worked at the Académie Colarossi in Paris. He was active in Hamburg as a freelance artist from 1920 onwards. It was also in 1920 that he married the Jewish journalist Marte Leiser; their daughter Alice was born that same year. Also in 1920, Brill joined the Hamburg Art Association and the Hamburg Artists’ Association. He worked as a painting and drawing teacher in Orselina, near Locarno, until 1929. From 1931 onwards, Brill’s paintings were vilified as “Jewish art”, then as “degenerate”, and were destroyed.

Artist works

Vondelpark in Amsterdam | 1933
Vondelpark in Amsterdam | 1933
Oil on canvas
63 x 81 cm
(Photo: Florian Stürzenbaum © Erich Brill)

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