Hannelore Baron’s intimately scaled and collaged works on paper contain personal alphabets, evocative fabric scraps, and unsettled abstract forms that point to themes of suffering and hope. At age 12, Baron witnessed Nazis destroy her home and beat her father during the 1938 Kristallnacht attack against Jewish communities across Germany. These traumatic memories informed her hermetic practice decades later—seen in red splotches of paint, graphic suggestions of barbed wire, and fabric allusions to flags and nationalism—which she developed primarily at the kitchen table in her family’s Bronx home. Living with depression, anxiety, and later cancer, Baron saw her work as a protest against war and injustice on a global scale.
Fabric collage on cloth
Signed lower center in pencil: "Hannelore Baron"
Inscribed verso in graphite: "72/c 72004"
This item is not on view
Gift of the Estate of Hannelore Baron
© artist or artist's estate
Copyright for this work may be controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders. A more detailed analysis of its rights history may, however, place it in the public domain.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannelore Baron (American, 1926-1987). Untitled, 1972. Fabric collage on cloth, 8 1/4 x 11 in. (21 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Hannelore Baron, 88.43.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.43.1_PS9.jpg)
overall, 88.43.1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.