Bloch, Martin 1883-1954 German/British/Jewish AR, Portrait of a Woman
Bloch, Martin 1883-1954 German/British/Jewish AR, Portrait of a Woman. 22.75 x 15.5 ins., (57.5 x 39 cms.), Charcoal and Coloured Pencils, Signed. Bloch was a Jewish painter who escaped to Britain from Berlin with his family in 1933. As soon as he arrived, he set up The School of Contemporary Painting with his friend Roy de Maistre. Like so many cultured refugees from Germany, he was interred by the British in prison camps in Huyton and on the Isle of Man in an act of utter insensitivity by the British. The experience had a great effect on him, but he retained his sense of humour. After the war he often used to meet his friend, Josef Herman, in Wales, a country and landscape he loved. He achieved considerable success and his work is held in many public collections in Britain, USA and Germany.
Auction Date: February 2016