Prince Charles commissioned seven leading artists to paint portraits of Holocaust survivors as a tribute to the aging generation. The portraits will be unveiled at Buckingham Palace later this month.
Established artists participating in the project include the most beloved living female artist Jenny Saville, Clara Drummond, BP Portrait Award winner, original member of the Young British Artists Stuart Pearson Wright, and painters Paul Benney, Peter Kuhfeld, Massimiliano Pironti and Ishbel Myerscough, according to the BBC.
“As the number of Holocaust survivors unfortunately but inevitably decreases, my constant hope is that this special collection will serve as an additional guide,” Prince Charles told the BBC, adding that the portraits would also serve as a reminder of the “days the darkest in history. “
Most of the Holocaust survivors featured in the portraits are over 90 years old. They were imprisoned in concentration camps as children and live in Britain as adults.
Survivors pictured include Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a 96-year-old musician from a German Jewish family who performed in a prisoner orchestra at the Auschwitz concentration camp, and was later detained in the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany. His portrait was painted by Kuhfeld. Benney painted Helen Aronson, 94, a survivor of Jewish imprisonment in the Lodz ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland.
The paintings, which will be on display at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace from January 27 to February 13, and at Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh from March 17 to June 6, are expected to be a reminder of not only one of the darker chapters. in history, but also to show “the interdependence of humanity as we strive to create a better world for our children, grandchildren and unborn generations,” Prince Charles said, adding that this world should be “a world where hope wins over despair and love overcomes hate.
The paintings will also be featured in a BBC Two documentary that will air on January 27 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. It will include interviews with survivors, who will share their experiences of events during the Nazi era.
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