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This assemblage centres on a piece of driftwood which has a winged form. Painted with circular insignia it suggests ‘flight’, resembling a butterfly or bird with wings outstretched, or perhaps an aircraft or bomber flying over a landscape. Other objects – a circle of red plastic and an old rubber tyre from a child’s toy – evoke bombers and targets, but also suggest the shapes seen in an aerial view of the landscape.

The subject of ‘flight’ had strong connotations for the artist, who was forced to flee from his homeland of Germany in 1936 due to the threat of persecution by the Nazis. The choice of driftwood suggests an object or person ‘drifting’ from one place to another, arriving by chance as if carried by the tides.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery





oil & found objects on board


H 43 x W 35.5 cm

Accession number

AH 584/67

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of Abbot Hall, 1967

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Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL England

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