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Tattooed Figure

Aba Bayefsky
Tattooed Figure, 1983
watercolour over graphite on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Purchased from the Artist’s Estate, 2003

Aba Bayefsky, was born in Toronto in 1923 and as a teenager he was encouraged to paint by Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer. He studied art at Toronto’s Central Technical School and Academie Julian, Paris, France.

In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was appointed an official war artist in 1944.  Bayefsky was one of the few artists to depict scenes of the Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany and subsequently produced a large body of work that is related to the theme of the Holocaust and displaced persons around the world.



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