Ben Uri collection

Work by Alva

Siegfried Solomon Alweiss was born in Berlin and began a career in commerce after leaving school, then studied music before turning to art and adopting the shortened form of his name, 'Alva', in 1925. He travelled extensively in the Middle East, then following Hitler’s rise to power and increasingly anti-Semitic legislation, moved to Paris in 1933. He fled to London in 1938 and was briefly interned as an ‘enemy alien’ on the Isle of Man in 1940. After release, Alva exhibited extensively with Ben Uri, where he also gave a lecture in November 1948 on 'The Purpose of Painting', in which he claimed inspiration from Rembrandt and Daumier among others.

8 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

Moses

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-8

Prophets I

Object type print

Accession number 1987-9i

Prophets II

Object type print

Accession number 1987-9ii

Prophets III

Object type print

Accession number 1987-9iii

Prophets V

Object type print

Accession number 1987-9v

Prophets VI

Object type print

Accession number 1987-9vi

Exodus

Object type painting

Accession number 1996-8

Prophets IV

Object type print

Accession number 1987-9iv