Ben Uri collection

Seated Nude Figure, Turned Left

Artist information

Name Arnold Daghani (1909-1985)

Born Suceava, Romania

Died Hove, England

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Arnold Daghani was born in Suczawa, Rumania on the 22nd February 1909 and died in Hove, Sussex on the 6th April 1985. Before the Second World War he spent time travelling, working as a publishing house apprentice, and then as an import/export clerk. He married in 1940 and in 1942 he and his wife were deported by the Nazis to a labour/extermination camp in the Ukraine. On the 15th July 1943, Daghani and his wife escaped to a ghetto in nearby Bershad; the remaining inmates of the Nazi camp were later killed. After the war, Daghani moved and by 1958 left Rumania for good, spending 2 years in Israel before travelling to Italy, Switzerland and the south of France, before finally settling in England in 1977. Other than a few classes in the 1920s, Daghani had no formal art training. He lived a fragmented life of upheaval and change, which he documented well through his art and writings, and suffered from chronic depression and occasional suicidal tendencies. He created detailed journals and sketchbooks where writing held equal importance to illustrations. He produced art constantly, from mundane images of general life, including still-life drawings and collages, to detailed depictions of present and past events.

In 1992 the exhibition 'Drawings by Arnold Daghani' was opened by Monica Bohm-Duchen at Ben Uri Gallery in Dean Street, Soho, to coincide with the publication of 'The Seven Days of Schlemihl', written and illustrated by Daghani.

Object Details

Object type drawing

Medium pastel, charcoal and crayon on paper

Materials and techniques charcoal (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 62.3 x 45.2 cm

Signed signed, bottom left: Daghani

Acquisition gift from Carola Grindea 1986

Accession number 1988-14xviii

Display status not on display

Number 18 in a portfolio of 47 loose works. Economic with both materials and space, Daghani folds his crouching figure, seen in profile, into the confines of his page. He uses sweeping gestures to enclose the rounded form, while a dab of pastel defines the nose; a swirl of pencil the ear.


drawing | nude

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