Ben Uri collection

The Old Underground Station

Artist information

Name Eric Doitch (1923-2000)

Other name Erich Deutsch, Siegfried Steiner

Born Vienna, Austria

Died Boston, Lincolnshire

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Painter and etcher Eric Doitch (aka Erich Deutsch) was born in Vienna, Austria and arrived in London in 1939, settling in Maida Vale, a centre for Jewish refugees from Europe. He studied at Camberwell School of Art and then the Royal College of Art, where he met his wife, the artist Alice Mary Fitzpayne, whom he married in 1954, moving to Camberwell, South London. Doitch taught printmaking, drawing and painting. His subjects were drawn from London life – “West-Indian men on street corners, children playing, burnt-out cars on waste-sites, markets and fairground scenes. Other works took Jewish themes such as the Golem and a harrowing image of women in Vienna scrubbing the streets during the Nazi occupation”. In 1976 Doitch moved with his wife to rural Lincolnshire, each establishing a painting studio at opposite ends of their house, a former vicarage. Into his studies of the landscape and the farming community, he also incorporated memories of his family who perished in the Holocaust. Till the end of his life Doitch remained artistically independent and a very private individual, forming strong friendships with fellow refugees such as Erich Fried and Elias Canetti.

Object Details

Date 1965

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 49.9 x 75 cm

Framed 60 x 85.5 cm

Signed BLC: E.D.

Acquisition presented by the Artist 2002

Accession number 2002-12

Display status not on display


painting | urban

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