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Ernst Gombrich: Monica Bohm-Duchen & Carl and Leonie Gombrich

Monica Bohm-Duchen, Leonie Gombrich, Carl Gombrich

01/03/2006 11:00 am
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Carl and Leonie Gombrich remembered their grandfather, the legendary Ernst Gombrich, author of the best selling art book of all time, the Story of Art. His Little History of the World, written for children in 1935, was published for the first time in the UK in 2006. Gombrich begins the book by acknowledging that history is first of all a story, the transmission of experience between generations.

Leonie discussed his legacy with Robert Hughes who recently described Gombrich’s writing as unsurpassed and Carl reads some extracts. As Peter Conradi wrote:

“Gombrich remains a tribal elder. He is, if Leonie consents to share him everybody’s grandfather.”

Monica Bohm-Duchen


Monica Bohm-Duchen is an independent, London-based art historian, curator and writer. The institutions for which she has worked include the Tate Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Sotheby\\\'s Institute of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art. In the mid-1980s she acted as researcher and co-curator for the pioneering exhibition Art in Exile in Great Britain 1933-1945. Her many publications include After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in Contemporary Art (Lund Humphries, 1995 - contributing editor) and Art and the Second World War (Lund Humphries, 2013). She is the initiator and Creative Director of the nationwide arts festival, Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Culture and contributing editor of the companion volume, focussing on the visual arts.

Leonie Gombrich

Leonie Gombrich is her grandfather’s literary executor. She wrote the introduction for the recently published Little History.

Carl Gombrich

Carl Gombrich is an opera singer.

Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham- Dixon is a renowned art critic who has made many documentaries for BBC Television. He is currently the Sunday Telegraph\'s art critic. He won the BP Arts Journalism Award three years running and the Hawthornden Prize for art criticism. His books include In the Picture,Renaissance, the best-selling A History Of British Art and a highly acclaimed monograph on Howard Hodgkin. He also co-presents the Culture Show on BBC2.