DOUBLE SELF-PORTRAIT, 1985, Oil on photographic paper laid down on canvas, 58 x 42 cm
June 26, 1921
|Died||19 June 1985(aged 63)|
|Education||Self-taught, private schools Budapest|
|Known for||Painting, drawing|
|approximately 3,500 drawings and 152 paintings|
|Movement||Expressionism, Modern Art|
Ilka Gedő (May 26, 1921 – June 19, 1985) was a Hungarian painter and graphic artist. Her work survives decades of persecution and repression, first by the semi-fascist regime of the 1930s and 1940s and then, after a brief interval of relative freedom between 1945 and 1949, by the communist regime of the 1950s to 1989. In the first stage of her career, which came to an end in 1949, she created a huge number of drawings  that can be divided into various series. From 1964 on, she resumed her artistic activities creating oil paintings. "Ilka Gedő is one of the solitary masters of Hungarian art. She is bound to neither the avant-garde nor traditional trends. Her matchless creative method makes it impossible to compare her with other artists."
- 1 Early Life and Training
- 2 Drawings Made in the Budapest Ghetto
- 3 The Period Between 1945 and 1948
- 4 The Period of Creative Silence (1949-1965)
- 5 Paintings
- 6 Chronology
- 7 Exhibitions
- 8 Works in public collections
- 9 Literature
- 10 Selected Oil Paintings
- 11 Oil paintings from the Period of 1945 to 1948
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Early Life and Training
Ilka Gedő (1921–1985) was born from the marriage of Simon Gedő and Elza Weiszkopf on 26 May 1921. Her father was a teacher at the Jewish grammar school, her mother worked as a clerk. Some of the leading Hungarian writers and artists of the times were among the family's circle of friends. Ilka Gedő was raised in a family, where she had every opportunity to become an educated and sensitive artist. She went to a secondary school bearing the name Új Iskola (New School). This school offered an innovative curriculum and teaching methods.
Since her early childhood, Ilka Gedő had been continuously drawing, recording her experiences. The series of juvenilias, completely preserved in the artist's estate, can be put into chronological order, and thus one is confronted with a visual diary.
She was seventeen years old when she spent her holidays in the Bakony hills, to the west of Budapest. During her holidays she spent all her time drawing the scenery. In the fields she followed the scythe-men with sketchbook in hand, so as to see again and again the recurring movement from the same angle, capturing the rhythm with considerable fluency and sophistication. The drawings, watercolours, and folders that have been preserved from the years 1937-1938 reveal that she already had a complete technical mastery of drawing, and this in spite of the fact that she had never received regular tuition until then.
After passing her school-leaving examinations, Ilka Gedő seriously considered starting her artistic studies in Paris, but the war interfered, and due to the Jewish laws she could not go to the Hungarian Academy of Art either. Even had Gedő wished to attend the Academy, it is likely that she would have found her way barred. With the increase in influence of the Hungarian Fascists, the Arrow Cross Party, the open disenfranchisement of the Jews began in 1938 with the First Jewish Laws followed by the Second and Third in 1939 and 1941.
From the late 30's till the early 40's Ilka Gedő was taught by three artists of Jewish origin who were killed by the Nazis at the end of the war.
In 1939, her final examination year Gedő attended the open school of Tibor Gallé (1896–1944). Gedő's second master was Victor Erdei (1879–1944), a painter and graphic artist of the naturalist-impressionist and Art Nouveau style. Gedő's third teacher was the sculptor István Örkényi Strasser (1911–1944). From Strasser Gedő learnt the firmness of sculpturesque modelling and the representation of mass.
During the war, she made a living by doing ceramics, but she never stopped creating her series of graphics. Ilka Gedő often visited the town of Szentendre. A small provincial town on the Danube, some twenty miles from Budapest, it provided between the wars a shelter for numerous artists. From 1938 to 1947 Ilka Gedő made pastel drawings of the town, taking her forms and colours directly from nature. The colours red, vivid yellow, dark brown, blue and green reach a high intensity of colourfulness.
During these years, up to 1944, Gedő made intimate studies, mainly in pencil of family life. She began a series of self-portraits which were to continue to the end, in 1949, of the first stage of her artistic career.
In 1942 Ilka Gedő participated in the exhibition, organized by the Group of Socialist Artists and titled Freedom and the People that took place at the Centre of the Metal Workers' Union.
Drawings Made in the Budapest Ghetto
On March 19, 1944, eight German divisions invaded Hungary. The persecution of Hungarian Jewry began in earnest. At unparalled speed almost all of Hungary's provincial Jews were deported to concentration camps in Poland, where most of them were killed. (The Hungarian Jewish community lost 564,500 lives during the war including 63,000 before the German occupation.)
Despite protests by church leaders and Miklós Horthy's hesitant attempts to halt the deportations, by the summer of 1944 about 200,000 Jews were herded together in the Budapest ghetto and in specially designated houses. Following the unsuccessful attempt by Horthy to take Hungary out for the war, the Arrow Cross party carried out a military take-over on October 15, 1944. In the ghetto the worst days of nightmare began. Through sheer luck, Ilka Gedő managed to escape deportation and survived.
In the Budapest Ghetto Ilka Gedő spent most of her time with reading and drawing recording her surroundings, her companions, the old people and children. These drawings are invaluable documents, but they are also allegories of human humiliation and defencelessness. On one of her self-portrait drawings she presents a frontal view of herself, showing a person who has lost control over her own fate. Accordingly, she has no age, and almost no gender any more.
On the last drawing we see the artist's self-portrait with a drawing-board. The eyes, so it seems, stare into nothingness. The ego looks for support in her own self.
The Period Between 1945 and 1948
Self-Portrait Drawings (1945-1949)
On New Year's Eve 1945, Ilka Gedő met Endre Bíró who studied chemistry at the University of Szeged, and after the war started to work for a research institute headed by the Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi.
Working in a strictly figurative idiom, the artist needed models and, in addition to family and friends, Gedő found the most convenient model in herself.
Ilka Gedő created self-portraits which, through their sheer honesty and self-exploration, claim the viewer's attention. These works are drawn in a way that evokes straightforward physical reality and emotional sensitivity at the same time. However, doubts were creeping into her efforts to give a faithful and accurate representation of reality: the traditional and composed modelling that had been so typical of her was gradually being replaced by an expressive, eruptive and tense style.
The drawings of the Fillér utca self-portrait series affect the viewer due to their cruel honesty and authentic artistic power.
The Ganz Factory Drawings (1947-1948)
Constantly in search of new subjects, Gedő found in the Ganz Machine Factory, near to her home in Fillér Street, a rich and visually animated environment to draw. Ilka Gedő was granted permission to visit the Ganz Factory with the recommendation of the Free Trade Union of Artists.
As in her self-portraits of the same period, her drawings and pastels of the Ganz Factory, showing a number of recurring topics are quick sketches of momentary experience that reveal an intense spiritual concentration and expressive power. Nervous wavering lines reflect the artist's impressions of industrial work. Ika Gedő's decision to draw in a factory was not politically motivated, and there is no trace of idealisation in these drawings. Dramatic panoramic views of vast interior spaces alternate with compassionate studies of exhausted workers. Ilka Gedő's drawings of the Ganz Factory are realistic, but, more importantly, expressive and moving. In these works space and large forms are presented as novelty. Among the planes and the blocks man is reduced to a schematic figure. The objects that appear in space seem to devour the figures.
Table Series (1949)
The subject of these drawings, a small and always visible table is prosaic, it is always at hand. The lines on these drawings are never the contour of the closing of an area: they always move, thus liberating mysterious energies.
The Period of Creative Silence (1949-1965)
Apart from her family and a few friends, no one saw Gedő's drawings at the time they were made. During this period from 1945 to 1949, as well as pastel she started to use oil, but Gedő in a fit of depression and seeing no way out of the dilemmas she was experiencing, destroyed most of the oil paintings produced during these years.
After a remarkable period of freedom between 1945 and 1948, the onset of Communist dictatorship influenced Ilka Gedő's life adversely, being one of the reasons why she gave up artistic activities for sixteen years.
In 1949, Ilka Gedő stopped painting and drawing. Her voluntary abandonment lasted until 1965. During these years, apart from a few colour sketches, she took no pencil or brush into her hand, refusing to do so even in play with her children. Her decision must be explained since it happens very rarely that an artist, who has considered art the meaning and purpose of life, stops creating without being forced to do so.
There were three reasons for stopping artistic work. The first one was the onset of Communist dictatorship, the second the lack of recognition accorded to Ilka Gedő's art (Gedő's friends had a hostile attitude to everything that was representational or figurative, with non-figuration adopted as a means of political expression) and the third was that Ilka Gedő recognised that she could remain true to her talent only by stopping creating art.
When Ilka Gedő stopped making art, she did not altogether abandon the possibility of resuming. She pursued extensive studies in art history. She read extensively about colour theory. She read and made careful notes of Goethe's Theory of Colours, translating long passages from this work. Without these studies the colour world of the second artistic period would not have been possible.
In the mid-1960s the artist put nearly all the drawings of the preceding period in passepartouts and she also selected them into folders according to topics. This activity lasted for many years. The first solo exhibition of the artist was a studio exhibition opened on 15 May 1965 that showed a selection of drawings that were made between 1945 and 1948.
From the beginning of the 60's, the Communist Party's grip on society loosened somewhat, but Ilka Gedő's isolation continued. Ilka Gedő's situation was made even worse by the fact that a lot of her friends, in contrast to her, made their compromises with the regime, while the talented artists of the younger generation simply opted out of the official arts-policy system and found recognition in the West. In the last two years of the war and in the four-year period of freedom after 1945, Ilka Gedő created a huge number of drawings whose existence had been forgotten by the time she, finally, had her first public exhibition 1980 at the age of fifty-nine.
In the 1960s Ilka Gedő started to paint in oil. She made “two-step” paintings. She first drew a sketch of her composition, prepared a mock-up and wrote the name of the appropriate colours into the various fields. She prepared a collection of colour samples, and she wrote where the colours would go in the places where they were ultimately applied. She never improvised on her paintings; instead she enlarged the original plan. On her paintings the strength of cold and warm colours appears to be equal. She created her paintings slowly, amidst speculations, recording the steps of the creative process in diaries so that the making of all the paintings can be traced.
The diary entries register all the artist's speculations in connection with the making of the painting. When she put a picture aside she put away the relevant diary and continued to work on another picture. Before resuming work on a picture she always read her earlier diary notes.
Her creative method follows the call of the instincts but does not forget the discipline of the intellect. „Art critics have been quick to point out evidence of her nostalgia for Art Nouveau and Jugendstil. However, Gedő’s real nostalgia is for a lost mythology, and in this she is similar to her fin-de-siècle predecessors. She found this mythology, albeit a personal one, in art, which is capable of evoking and cherishing the memories of an endangered world.”
A well-known Hungarian art historian, László Beke in 1980 evaluates her art: “I believe it is utterly pointless to draw any parallels between your art and the «contemporary» trends, because your art could have been born any time between 1860 and 2000. It draws its inspirations not from the «outside», but from the «inside», and its coherence and authenticity are derived from the relationship this art has with its creator—and this cannot possibly escape the attention of any of the viewers of these works.”
Gedő died on 19 June 1985, at the age of 64, a few months before her discovery abroad. The scene of the breakthrough was Glasgow where the Compass Gallery presented her paintings and drawings in 1985.
At the turn of 1989-1990, Ilka Gedő had a second, retrospective exhibition at Glasgow's Third Eye Centre.
Since then, many of her works passed into public hands: in addition to the St. Stephen's Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary and the Hungarian National Gallery, many foreign collections acquired them (The Jewish Museum /New York/, the Yad Vashem Art Museum, the Israel Museum /Jerusalem/, the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum, the Museum Kunstpalast of Düsseldorf, the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett /Museum of Prints and Drawings/, the Graphic Arts Collection of the Albertina, the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and the Duke Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig, Germany).
- 1921: Ilka Gedő was born on 26 May 1921 in Budapest.
- 1939: Ilka Gedő visits the free school of Tibor Gallé.
- 1940: She participates in the second exhibition of OMIKE (Hungarian Jewish Educational Association).
- 1939-42: She receives training from Erdei Viktor.
- 1942: She takes part in the exhibition of the Group of Socialist Painters.
- 1942-43: She attends the free school of István Örkényi-Strasser.
- 1943: Gedő participates in the fifth exhibition of OMIKE.
- 1944: The Budapest ghetto series is born.
- 1945: In the autumn of 1945 Ilka Gedő enrols as a full-time student in the Academy of Fine Arts. However, she leaves the academy after six months. She draws at the school of Gyula Pap.
- 1946: She marries the biochemist Endre Bíró.
- 1947: Birth of her first son, Dániel.
- 1949: She stops her artistic activities.
- 1950: From 1950 on she does not take part in art life. Her interests turn to the philosophy of art, art history and colour theory. She translates extensive passages from Goethe's theory of colour.
- 1953: Birth of her second son, Dávid.
- 1962: The Hungarian National Gallery buys three drawings of the artist.
- 1965: Studio exhibition featuring drawings from the years 1945-1949. She resumes her artistic activities.
- 1969-1970: Spends a year in Paris. She takes part in a group exhibition of the Galerie Lambert.
- 1974: She is admitted to the Association of Visual Artists.
- 1980: Retrospective exhibition in the St. Stephen's Museum of Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
- 1982: Exhibition at the Dorottya Gallery of Budapest. The National Gallery of Hungary buys two of the artist's paintings.
- 1985: Gedő dies on 19 June in Budapest. A solo exhibition of the artist is opened in the Gallery of the Szentendre Art Colony. Another solo exhibition of Ilka Gedő is organized in the framework of the Hungarian Season in Glasgow. This event is covered by art critics of the Glasgow Herald, The Scotsman, Financial Times, The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Observer and The Guardian.
- 1987: A retrospective exhibition of Ilka Gedő is shown in Budapest, at the Arts Hall (Műcsarnok).
- 1989: Exhibition at the Municipal Art Gallery of Szombathely, Hungary.
- 1989-1990: Gedő's second Glasgow exhibition takes place between 9 December 1989 and 12 January 1990 at the Third Eye Centre (346-354 Sauchiehall Street).
- 1994: Exhibition at New York's Janos Gat Gallery.
- 1995: An exhibition titled Victims and Perpetrators featuring drawings by György Román and Ilka Gedő is shown at the Budapest Jewish Museum. From April 1995 four of Ilka Gedő's drawings are shown at the exhibition titled Culture and Continuity: the Jewish Journey of the New York Jewish Museum for a period of six months. An exhibition is organised at New York's Shepherd Gallery featuring the table series, the self-portraits and the Ganz factory drawings from 21 November to 19 December 1995.
- 1996: Supplemented by three oil paintings of both Gedő and Román, Victims and Perpetrators is shown at the Art Museum of Yad Vashem.
- 1997: Solo exhibition at the Janos Gat Gallery in New York City.
- 1998: The Department of Prints and Drawings of The British Museum acquires fifteen and The Israel Museum acquires six drawings by Ilka Gedő.
- 1999: The Düsseldorf Museum Kunstpalast acquires ten drawings of the Artist.
- 2001: Chamber exhibition of Gedő's drawings at the Budapest Municipal Picture Gallery and Kiscelli Museum. The Hungarian National Gallery buys three of Gedő's paintings.
- 2006: At an exhibition at the Berliner Collegicum Hungaricum from 9 March to 10 May a representative selection of the artist's drawings and paintings is shown from the permanent collections of the Hungarian National Gallery and the Düsseldorf Museum Kunstpalast.
- 2011: The Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings, Berlin) acquires eight drawings of Ilka Gedő.
- 2013: The Albertina acquires twelve drawings of Ilka Gedő.
- 2013: Chamber Exhibition of Ilka Gedő at the National Theatre of Hungary from 22 March to 23 April 2013.
- 2015: The Department of Modern and Contemporary Art of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art acquires three drawings of the artist. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston acquires eight self-portrait drawings by Ilka Gedő.
- 2016: Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig, which heavily focusses on the collection of self-portraits, acquires a representative collection of twenty-one self-portrait drawings by Ilka Gedő.
One-woman exhibitions in Hungary:
- Studio Exhibition (1965)
- King St. Stephen's Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary (1980)
- Dorottya Utca Gallery, Budapest (1982)
- Artists' Colony Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary (1985)
- Palace of Exhibitions, Budapest (1987)
- Gallery of Szombathely (1989)
- Hungarian Jewish Museum, Budapest, [with György Román] (1995)
- Budapest Municipal Picture Gallery, Museum Kiscell (2001)
- Raiffeisen Gallery (2003–2004) (chamber exhibition)
- Hungarian National Gallery (2004–2005)
- Hungarian National Theatre (2013) (chamber exhibition)
One-woman exhibitions abroad:
- Compass Gallery, Glasgow (1985)
- Third Eye Centre, Glasgow (1989)
- Janos Gat Gallery, New York (1994 and 1997)
- Yad Vashem Art Museum [with György Román] 1996
- Shepherd Gallery, New York (1995)
- Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin (2006)
Works in public collections
- The Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
- The Hungarian Jewish Museum, Budapest
- The King St. Stephen's Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary
- The Yad Vashem Art Museum, Jerusalem
- The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
- The British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings
- The Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Department of Prints and Drawings
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- The Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings), Berlin
- The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
- The Albertina, Vienna
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Department of Modern and Contemporary Art), New York
- The Duke Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig, Germany
- The Cleveland Museum of Fine Art
- Szabó, Júlia (ed.): Gedő Ilka rajzai és festményei (The Drawings and Paintings of Ilka Gedő), exhibition catalogue, Székesfehérvár, Szent István Király Múzeum, 1980, HU ISBN 963-7131-20-5 ISSN 0586-3759
- Ury, Ibolya (ed.): Gedő Ilka, kiállításkatalógus (Ilka Gedő, Exhibition Catalogue), Budapest, a Műcsarnok Dorottya utcai Kiállítóterme, 1982, ISBN 963-01-4173-6
- Mucsi, András (ed.): Gedő Ilka (1921–1985) festőművész kiállítása (The Exhibition of Ilka Gedő /1921-1985/), exhibition catalogue, Szentendre, Művésztelepi Galéria, 1985, 963-01-6605-4 ISSN 0209-4940
- Néray, Katalin (ed.): Gedő Ilka (1921–1985), exhibition catalogue, Budapest, Palace of Exhibitions, 1987, ISBN 963-7162-86-0
- Gálig, Zoltán (ed): Gedő Ilka festőművész rajzai a Szombathelyi Képtárban (Works on Paper by Ilka Gedő at the Municipal Art Museum of Szombathely), Szombathely, Városi Képtár, 1989, ISBN 963-01-9554-2 ISSN 0239-1910
- Semjén, Anita (ed): Áldozatok és gyilkosok / Gedő Ilka gettó-rajzai és Román György háborús bűnösök népbírósági tárgyalásain készült rajzai (Victims and Perpetrators / Ilka Gedő's Ghetto Drawings and György Román's Drawings of the People's Court War Criminals Trials), exhibition catalogue, Budapest, 1995, Hungarian Jewish Museum and Jerusalem, 1996, Yad Vashem Art Museum
- Kashey, Elizabeth (ed): Ilka Gedő (1921–1985) Drawings and Pastels, exhibition catalogue, New York, Shepherd Gallery, 21 East 84th Street, 1995, OCLC 313759285
- Kolozsváry, Marianna (ed.): Gedő Ilka festőművész kiállítása (Exhibition of Ilka Gedő), exhibition catalogue, Budapest, Hungarian National Gallery, 2004, ISSN 0231-2387
- György, Péter–Pataki, Gábor, Szabó, Júlia, Mészáros, F. István: Gedő Ilka művészete (1921–1985) – The Art of Ilka Gedő (1921–1985), Budapest, Új Művészet, 1997, ISBN 963-7792-21-X ISSN 1219-4913
- Hajdu, István–Bíró, Dávid: Gedő Ilka művészete, oeuvre katalógus és dokumentumok, Gondolat Kiadó, Budapest, 2003, ISBN 963-9500-13-5 
- István Hajdu–Dávid Bíró: The Art of Ilka Gedő, Oeuvre Catalogue and Documents, Gondolat Kiadó, Budapest, 2003, ISBN 963-9500-14-3 
Selected Oil Paintings
Oil Paintings at the Hungarian National Gallery
Oil paintings from the Period of 1945 to 1948
Paintings Made of the Basis of Pastels
Rose Garden Series
Artificial Flower Series
Circus and Other Auto-Mythological Scenes
Self-Portraits Prepared on the Basis of Self-Portrait Drawings From the Years 1947-1948
- Based on a digitized oeuvre catalogue, the number of Ilka Gedő’s drawings in the folders exceeds three thousand, and the number of juvenilia drawings is around 1700. The number of drawings produced between 1944 and 1949 is 740, while in the public collections there are 280 drawings (Hungarian National Gallery: 26; British Museum: 15; Israel Museum: 6; Hungarian Jewish Museum: 12; Jewish Museum in New York: 3; Yad Vashem Art Museum: 144; Berlin Kupferstichkabinett: 8; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf: 8; Albertina, Vienna: 15, Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH): 10; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo: 3; Metropolitan Museum, New York: 3; Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig (Haum), Braunschweig, Germany 21; Cleveland Museum of Art: 3 drawings).
- István Hajdu: Half Picture, Half Veil - the Art of Ilka Gedő In: István Hajdu - Dávid Bíró The Art of Ilka Gedő (1921-1985) Oeuvre Catalogue and Documents, Gondolat Kiadó, Budapest, 2003, p. 6
- Júlia Szabó: Ilka Gedő’s Artistic Activities In: Péter György - Gábor Pataki, Júlia Szabó, István F. Mészáros: The Art of Ilka Gedő (1921-1985), Új Művészet Alapítvány, Budapest, 1997, pp. 48-49 ISBN 963-7792-21-X ISSN 1219-4913
- Nóra Aradi (ed): Magyar művészet (1919-1945) (Hungarian Art /1919-1985/), Volume I, Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó, p. 398
- Nóra Aradi (ed): Szabadság és a nép (A Szocialista Képzőművészek Csoportjának dokumentumai (Freedom and the People–Documents of the Group of Socialist Artists), Budapest, Corvina Kiadó, 1981, p. 318, p. 287
- Source of these figures: Encyclopaedia of the Holocaust, McMillan Publishing House, 1990, Vol. II, p. 702
- Elisabeth Kashey (Ed.): Ilka Gedő (1921–1985) Drawings and Pastels, exhibition catalogue, Shepherd Gallery, New York, 1995, p. 19 OCLC 313759285
- István Hajdu - Dávid Bíró The Art of Ilka Gedő (1921-1985) Oeuvre Catalogue and Documents, Gondolat Kiadó, Budapest, 2003, p. 254
- Contemporary Visual Art in Hungary: Eighteen Artists [edited and designed by Christopher Carrel ; exhibition selection Paul Overy, Christopher Carrell, in association with Márta Kovalovszky], Third Eye Centre in association with the King Stephen Museum, Glasgow, 1985, p. 42 ISBN 0906474507
- The letter is preserved in the manuscript estate of the artist.
- Henry, Clare „Hungarian Arts is Glasgow.” Studio International, Volume 199, No. 1012, 1986:56-59, Print
- Packer, William „Hungarian Arts in Glasgow.” The Financial Times, October 8, 1985: 16, Print
- Taylor, John Russel „Brilliant Exponent of an Outdated Style.” The Times, 29 October 1985: 15, Print
- Shepherd, Michael “Hungarian Temperament.” Sunday Telegraph, 27 October 1985: 14, Print
- Clare Henry “Chance to Gain a Unique Perspective.” Glasgow Herald. 1 October 1985: 12, Print
- Ilka Gedő on Wikipedia Commons
- Artist's website
- The Complete Works of Ilka Gedő (1921-1985): Digitised Catalogue Raisonne
- Works by Ilka Gedő at the British Museum 
- Works by Ilka Gedő at the Metropolitan Museum 
- Works on paper by Ilka Gedő at the Albertina can be viewed by writing the name of the artist into the field 
- Works on paper by Ilka Gedő at the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum (HAUM) can be viewed by writing the name of the artist into the field 
- Works on paper by Ilka Gedő at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 
- Works on paper by Ilka Gedő at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo 
- Oil paintings by Ilka Gedő at the Hungarian National Gallery 
- Selection of works of Ilka Gedő held by Yad Vashem Art Museum 
- Ilka Gedő - The Painter and Her Work / A Background Report, Magyar Elektronikus Könyvtár, Budapest, 2014