Ilka Gedö began her artistic training in Budapest the age of 9. In 1944, Gedö and her family were confined to the Budapest ghetto with other Jewish families. There she created a large body of sketches of life in the ghetto. Each drawing conveys the swiftness of line, gestural quality, and spontaneity of a work drawn from life. Her quickly sketched figures capture—with their postures and blank stares—various states of isolation and despair.