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Svendborg Harbour, Denmark

© Martin Bloch Trust. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

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This claustrophobic depiction of boats in a crowded harbour is a classic symbol of exile. It was painted during the artist’s brief stay in Denmark after he fled Nazi-Germany in 1934. Despite the traumatic experience of flight, it is full of energy and colour. Drawing on the techniques of German Expressionism, Bloch pares down form into simple shapes, conveying emotion through the use of heightened colour. The compression of the perspective into a single, suffocating plane also creates a distinct uneasiness.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum





oil on canvas on board


H 69 x W 79 cm

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Martin Bloch


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