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Felix Nussbaum 1904-1944  Museum of Jewish Art and History  (until 23 Jan).  

Thursday 20 January 11:30 am to 1pm.

 

The paintings of Felix Nussbaum are one of the great rediscoveries of the late 20th century. Nussbaum was born in 1904 in a prosperous Jewish family and studied art in Hamburg and Berlin. In the 1920’s his style developed along those of the “New Objectivity” made fashionable by painters like Otto Dix, Georg Grosz or Christian Schad. Whimsical or mordant portrayals of modern life alternate with romantically attractive self portraits. With the rise of the Nazis in the 1930’s, the new menace and a questioning of his own Jewish identity gradually become the central themes of his art. Nussbaum left Germany for a life of exile in Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium. In 1940 he was arrested in France and interned in the St Cyprien concentration camp. His paintings of camp life are probably his most celebrated. He escaped, finding his way with his wife Felka Platek to Brussels where the couple was denounced, arrested and deported to Auschwitz in July 1944. Nussbaum’s pre-war and war paintings were at this point hidden with friends and neighbors and only started re-emerging in the 1970’s. He is today acknowledged as one of the greatest Jewish modern painters and an extraordinary witness through art of the German Jewish experience of the 1930’s and 1940’s. This is his first retrospective exhibition in France.

 

Place: Lobby of Musée de l’art et de l’histoire du Judaisme, 71, rue du Temple 75003. 

Métro: Rambuteau (line 11) Time: 11:15 for 11:30 start. Bring 5 € for museum ticket.

 

 

 

 

 

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