Lot 24
  • 24


25,000 - 35,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Adler, Jankel
  • Bathers
  • signed and dated Adler / 1941 lower left
  • oil on canvas
  • 64 by 57cm., 25 by 22½in.


Sale: Pierre Bergé & Associés, Paris, 7 June 2012, lot 29
Trinity House Paintings, London
Sale: Christie's, London, 13 December 2012, lot 241
Boundary Gallery, London
Purchased from the above by the present owner in 2013

Catalogue Note

Born in Lodz, Poland in 1895, Adler moved to Germany in 1913 where he established himself as a significant force in the German art world of the 1920s. In the present work, Adler develops the common theme of the bathers into his own artistic vision, clearly drawing from German Expressionism, Picasso and Klee, with whom he taught at the Düsseldorf Staatliche Kunstakademie and shared an adjoining studio. Discussing Adler's work from this period Edouard Roditi writes: '...it was after 1940, in war-time Scotland, that [Adler] attained full maturity. Increasingly personal and creative in his philosophy, he now managed to fuse subject-matter, composition, draftsmanship, texture and colour-harmonies in a single artistic phenomenon that fully expresses his unique personality. Like ideograms, Adler's figures no longer represent individuals or tell an anecdote, but signify basic human types.' (Edouard Roditi in "The Jewish Artist in the Modern World", Jewish Art: An Illustrated History (Cecil Roth, ed.), Tel Aviv, 1961, p. 289).