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Elias Canetti

© Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bulgarian-born writer; studied Chemistry in Vienna before emigrating to England in 1938; wrote essays, plays, autobiography and a study of crowds, but made his name with the novel, Die Blendung (1935) published in English as Auto-da-Fé (1946); he won the Nobel Prize for Literature (1981).
Born in Austria, Motesiczky studied painting with Max Beckham and emigrated to England in 1938. She painted Canetti several times during their thirty-year friendship.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Elias Canetti




oil on canvas


H 91.4 x W 71 cm

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Given by Marie Louise von Motesiczky, 1992

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