Saturday, 8 February 2020

Albert Reuss at Truro Cathedral

We were busy with our display on Holocaust Memorial Day at Truro Cathedral (27 January 2020). So didn't have much of a chance to look at the Albert Reuss paintings on display to mark the occasion. They are stunning. Reuss was a Jewish painter and sculptor, born in Vienna, who fled to England in 1938 after Hitler's annexation of Austria.
He and his wife, Rosa, fled with very few possessions. They ended up in the house of Cornishman John Sturge Stephens in St Mawes, where Reuss started to relaunch his career. In 1948 he moved to Mousehole where he lived until his death in 1975.
His style changed, reflecting the trauma he had suffered. It's the work of an artist in exile - quite bleak and desolate compared to his early work.
Woman Reading with Mother-in-Law's Tongue

A 1935 painting of his wife, Rosa (called Woman reading with mother-in-law's tongue) compared wwith Figure and Tree Stump (1967) ...
Figure and Tree Stump

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