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Jankel Adler
1895 - 1949
POLISH
BATHERS
signed and dated Adler / 1941 lower left
oil on canvas
64 by 57cm., 25 by 22½in.
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Provenance

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 Like ideograms, Adler's figures no longer represent individuals or tell an anecdote, but signify basic human types.'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).

20th Century Art – A Different Perspective

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London