Acrylic on canvas
'We lived in a world that was beyond all imagining' recalled Zoran Music of his experience in the Dachau concentration camp, where he was interned after his arrest by the Gestapo in 1944. Amid these horrors, Music struggled to sustain both his body and his spirit by drawing, documenting this world of skeletal inmates and stacks of bodies.
In 1969, after sublimating these horrific memories for a quarter century, he suddenly began to engage in a project, utilizing all the media in his arsenal, which directly confronted and articulated what he had witnessed. Developing the sketches he had preserved from his internment, he produced a succession of depictions of the victims' bodies, focusing on their faces frozen in agony. He titled the series 'Nous ne sommes pas les derniers', a remark he had once made to a fellow inmate who had observed that if there could be any consolation to their suffering, it was that once it was at last made known, this could never happen again.
Music started to exhibit the works under this title as early as 1971 and they were the subject of numerous articles in many European countries. The biggest collectors of these works were his friends and patrons Everett B. and Patti Birch. A catalogue of the collection, We are not the Last, with essays by Michael Gibson and Jean Clair, was privately published by them in 1988.
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