Ben Uri collection

Head of an Old Woman

Artist information

Name Natan Szpigel (1886-1942)

Other name Nathan Spiegel, Spigel

Born Lodz, Poland

Died Treblinka, Poland

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Szpigel was a key member of the Expressionist group Jung Jidysz (Young Yiddish), a Łódź-based group of painters and writers dedicated to the expression of their Jewish identity, which also included Jankel Adler. He was also a member of ‘Start’, a group of mainly Jewish, Łódź-based artists, who exhibited across Poland throughout the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1930s, Szpigel’s work was in collections in Poland, London, and Jerusalem. Shortly after the German invasion of Poland, in 1939, Szpigel, together with his family, was interned in the Radomsko ghetto, where he continued to paint. He perished in the Treblinka extermination camp in 1942. Today Natan Spigel’s work can be seen in public collections in Tel Aviv, London, Lublin, and Ein Harod. Only about 20 of his paintings are definitely known to have survived.

Object Details

Date 1929

Object type painting

Medium watercolour on paper

Materials and techniques watercolour (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 34.2 x 30 cm

Framed 42 x 37.5 cm

Signed signed and dated, bottom left: Natan Szpigel 1929

Accession number 1987-410

Display status not on display


painting | portrait

Selected exhibition history

1931 Exhibition of Paintings in Oil and Watercolours by Nathan Spiegel at Ben Uri Gallery

1935 Israel Zangwill Memorial Exhibition

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