Ben Uri collection

Portrait of Lillie Adler

Artist information

Name Hermann Fechenbach (1897-1986)

Born Wurttemberg, Germany

Died Denham, England

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Painter and graphic artist Herman Fechenbach was born in Württemberg, Germany. He fought and was severely wounded in the First World War. He studied in Stuttgart, Munich and Florence then travelled widely before settling in Stuttgart in 1924–5 where his work was influenced by Die Neue Sachlichkeit. He produced a number of wood engravings on Old Testament subjects (c.1930). He was forbidden to exhibit by the Nazis in 1933 and fled to Palestine in 1938. He arrived in Britain in 1939, where he worked as painter and wood engraver to raise funds to help his remaining family escape from Germany. He was interned on Hutchinson, Isle of Man, with Schwitters, Uhlman, Weissenborn, and art historian Klaus Hinrichsen (1940–41) and went on hunger strike in protest, then produced a series of linocuts entitled My Impressions as Refugee. He later published a book of wood engravings Genesis: the First Book of Moses in 1969. He exhibited in Oxford (1942), Ben Uri (1945, 1947) and at Blond Fine Art, London (1985). His work was included in Kunst im Exil in Großbrittanien 1933–45 (Berlin, Oberhausen, Vienna, London, 1986).

Object Details

Date c. 1940s

Object type painting

Medium oil on board

Materials and techniques oil (medium) board (support)

Unframed 49 x 38.5 cm

Framed 70 x 60 x 5 cm

Signed Signed

Acquisition Donated by Betty Young 2016

Accession number 2016-02

Display status not on display



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