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Imre (Emery) Gondor was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1896. He attended the Royal Hungarian University and received his diploma from the National Academy of Art. As a young art teacher, he observed many children who had suffered during and after World War I, and he was inspired to learn more about their afflictions and how art could be used to help them. This prompted a lifelong interest in psychology. The psychoanalyst, Sándor Ferenczi in Budapest introduced Gondor to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. When Gondor moved to Vienna to attend the Academy of Industrial Arts and working on book illustrations, he also embarked on a field of progressive art education for emotionally disturbed children. Gondor emigrated to the United States in 1936. In 1959, he received his diploma in Clinical Psychology from New York State University, and in 1968, he became director of the art program at the Institute for Mental Retardation at New York Medical College. Emery Gondor died in 1977.

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Gondor, Emery I.: Yearning for light : blind man walking (in color), Leo Baeck Institute, 2002.25d.