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Exhibition of German-Jewish artists' work
 - Sculpture, Painting, Architecture

Exhibition of German-Jewish Artists' Work
Sculpture - Painting - Architecture

Parsons' Galleries, 315 Oxford Street, London, W.1
June 5th - 15th, [1934]

Exhibition Catalog Foreword

The works of art shewn at this Exhibition are all by contemporary Jewish artists who were working and exhibiting in Germany before 1933. Many are still there: others are scattered abroad, in England,. France, Holland, Switzerland, Spain and Palestine. They are no longer able to display their productions in public exhibitions or galleries in their native country, and their work cannot be discussed in the Press. Not only have many of them been reduced to poverty, but they have also lost touch with those who might give them the support and sympathetic understanding which is so necessary to the artist's souI.

It is for this reason that the organisers of this Exhibition are endeavouring to give them an opportunity of shewing their work before a public which believes that Art should be estimated according to its artistic value only.

This Exhibition is not intended to be sectional, but to shew rather, what a large share Jewish artists have had in the development of German Art in recent years. What German Jews have created has been done in closest harmony with the culture of their country; and, from the middle of the nineteenth century, their work has risen to heights which do honour to German Art.

The art of MAX LIEBERMANN, which is well represented here in some portraits as well as in one of his famous characterisations of the Amsterdam Ghetto, is bound up with Nature in her simplest forms. The pictures of EUGEN SPIRO, on the other hand, already shew the tendency towards Art as Decoration, combined with a brilliant scheme of colour and feeling for pure line. LUDWIG MEIDNER illustrates the beginning of the liveliness of expression and mobility of line, which are associated with the Expressionistic School.

The pictures of MARTIN BLOCH, HANS FEIBUSCH and YANKEL ADLER depart still further from naturalism, in an endeavour to express the inner Vision. These visions make an organic whole, expressed in colour and form which expresses the underlying idea of the artist. The pictures of BATO, his 'Cellist' for example, shews a new movement back to Nature, which is known in Germany as the NEUE SACHLICHKEIT. Nature now receives more consideration: but, while Liebermann's outlines are a series of delicate tints, the latest tendency is towards clear and definite outlines, executed with .painstaking rare and in infinite detail.

Owing to the heavy customs duties an works which fall in this category, very little sculpture can be shewn; but this is of really first class quality. BENNO ELKAN (whose public monuments could formerly be seen in many German cities) shews models of his well-known Jewish Candelabra, as well as two busts. FLEISCHACKER has sent an interesting figure, and the brilliant younger sculptors, FRAU WOLFF, ROSENBERG-FLECK and HUETFENBACH, are shewing modern work of truly plastic quality.

The number of German Jewish artists is too great, and the space available for this Exhibition too small, to permit other names to be mentioned here and the works of all German Jewish artists of outstanding merit to be shewn. Visitors to this Exhibition, however, cannot fail to be impressed by those few specimens which the Organisers have been able to bring together as representative of the whole.

The Viscount Erleigh, K.C.; Jacob Epstein, Esq.; Dr. Claude Montefiore; Oscar Raphael, Esq.; Professor Sir William Rothenstein; Otto Schiff, Esq., O.B.F.; Mrs. I. M. Sieff; Henry van den Bergh, Esq.

The Rev. Michael Adler, D.S.O.; A. Amschewitz, Esq.; The Rev. Leslie Edgar; Mrs. Philip Guedalla; Mrs. Haden-Guest; Mrs. Heinemann; Mrs. L'Estrange Malone, L.C.C.; Mrs. Mathias; Dr. Cecil Roth; Mrs. S. J. Solomon

Hon. Secretary:
Mrs. Franklin-Kohn

Hon. Treasurer:
Major Cyril Nathan, F.C.A.

Exhibition Organiser and Manager:
Carl Braunschweig, Esq.

Courtesy Leo Baeck Institute Library, New York, Berlin

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Carl Braunschweig - Biographical Notes

Carl Braunschweig was born to a Jewish family in Bad Homburg, Germany, in 1886. Braunschweig was a man of diverse interests, who attended History of Art courses at the Universities of Marburg and Frankfurt while training to be a banker. In 1909, he made his first trip to England, where he was employed for some time as a stockbroker in London. He was still living there when World War One broke out and was interned on the Isle of Man in 1915 as an enemy alien. The following year he was returned to Germany as part of an internee exchange program.

(Excerpt from 'Brave New Visions: The Émigrés who transformed the British Art Worls', Text by Cherith Summers, with thanks to Joan Alvarez; Exhibition Catalog, page 14, 17 July - 9 August 2019, S|2 Gallery - Sotheby's, London) Exhibition Page