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Émigrés: Twentieth-century Self-portraits by Artists from Abroad

Past display archive
27 May - 1 October 2017

Room 32


: Self-portrait in Black (detail) by Marie Louise von Motesiczky, 1959

Self-portrait in Black (detail) by Marie Louise von Motesiczky, 1959

With the question of migration one of intense current debate, Émigrés comprises work by artists from abroad who came to Great Britain in response to the Second World War. Born either in Austria or Poland, the artists represented fled from the Nazi invasion of those countries in 1938 and 1939 respectively. All were refugees, and each settled in Britain: a place of safety where they continued to work, and in which their art flourished. In turn, each brought a distinctive, richly expressive artistic outlook that reflected the training they had received in their countries of birth. That modernist ethos nourished the more conservative visual art community that they joined.


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