University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Elvire Coriat de Baëre, Realm of Silence

Artwork & Poetry

Realm Of Silence:Reflections on the Holocaust: Selected Paintings and Poems

About the Artist

Elvire Coriat de Baëre was born in Casablanca, Morocco. She immigrated to the United States in 1956 and currently lives in California. 

She started painting in her thirties and received her formal training in the Old Masters technique with the late Troy Ruddick.  Mrs. de Baëre holds degrees in art and Spanish as well as a teaching credential in French, and has studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.  Some of her more recent work explores egg tempera medium with oil glazes, gold leafing, frescoes and watercolors, but she primarily paints with oil on linen.

Numerous exhibitions of Mrs. de Baëre work have been held in Paris, Montlhery, France, and in the San Francisco Bay area.  Her paintings have appeared in several publications, including Maison Francaise and the Artelano Design Catalogue in Paris.  In November 2000, her work was discussed in a feature article in the Jewish News Weekly Bulletin of Northern California. In 2003, she was nominated for the Beryl H. Buck Award for Achievement. Mrs. de Baëre is one of 12 artists featured in the forthcoming book Sephardic Art of the Holocaust by Dr. Isaac Levy, author of the noted work And the World Stood Silent: Sephardic Poetry of the Holocaust

In her “Realm of Silence” series, executed in oil on linen, Mrs. de Baëre reaches monochromatic tonalities unprecedented in her art.  The nine paintings, paired with accompanying poems, have been made into a book, Realm of Silence: Reflections on the Holocaust, which was released in April 2009. The book is available for purchase.  Please contact if you are interested in purchasing a copy.

The book takes the reader to familiar Holocaust scenes: the ghetto, a round-up of Jews, train deportation, Auschwitz, a mountain of shoes, a gas chamber and a memorial tribute.  In 2002, Mrs. de Baëre donated the series (including the nine oil paintings and the nine poems) to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida for their permanent collection.  The paintings and poems are available as a traveling exhibit.

Mrs. de Baëre translated into French the nine poems of her book Realm of Silence: Reflections on the Holocaust for the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme in Paris, France. Realm of Silence was awarded “Best Art Book” of 2010 by the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA).

During 2009 and 2010, the book was featured twice in Mann About Town, a New York publication, and three times in J. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California.

In June 2010, Realm of Silence was mentioned in the Marin Independent Journal. Book News, Inc., had a review in May of 2009; and in June 2009, Realm of Silence was on the Best Sellers lists of both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Marin Independent Journal.
Mrs. de Baëre is currently working on a series of paintings in oil which portray multi-cultural women in period scenes and landscapes.

Moroccan-born artist turns Holocaust artwork into a book: 5-28-09

Realm of Silence will be on display beginning July 7, 2013 at the Florida Holocaust Museum.