Bloomberg Connects
Portrait of N M Seedo
Leon Kossoff trained at St Martin’s School of Art, took evening classes at Borough Polytechnic under David Bomberg with Frank Auerbach, and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1956. This portrait is one of three associated works depicting émigrée Sonia Husid (1906–1985), known by her nom de plume N. M. Seedo. Possibly a distant relative of Kossoff’s, she was an important model for the artist in this period. Seedo refers to their friendship in her semi-autobiographical account, 'In the Beginning was Fear' (1964), which also movingly describes her experiences of pogroms, fear and loss in Romania. In this empathic portrait, Kossoff clearly conveys her strength through suffering. Seedo was also known in her own right in Britain as a Yiddishist. Born in Bessarabia and educated in Vienna, she was a member of the socialist Zionist youth group Hashomer Hatzair and the (then illegal) Romanian Communist Party before she settled in England in 1930. 
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