Ben Uri collection

House in Varengeville, Normandy

Artist information

Name Martin Bloch (1883-1954)

Born Neisse, Germany (Nysa, Poland)

Died London, England

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Martin Bloch initially trained as an architect and later studied drawing in Berlin under Lovis Corinth, exhibiting at the Paul Cassirer Gallery. He held his first solo exhibition in Berlin in 1911, travelled to Paris and Spain, then returned to Berlin to co-found a painting school. After fleeing via Denmark, Bloch settled in London, opening a second painting school with Australian painter Roy de Maistre (1894–1968). He exhibited in the controversial Exhibition of Twentieth-Century German Art at the New Burlington Galleries in 1938 and held his first solo London show at the Lefevre Gallery in 1939.

Between 1940 and 1941 Bloch was one of many so-called ‘enemy aliens’ interned, first at Huyton Camp, Liverpool, then briefly on the Isle of Man. In later years, his fluid style of painting and spontaneous use of colour inspired his students at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. A regular exhibitor with Ben Uri, he held a joint exhibition with Josef Herman at Portman Street in 1949 and a memorial exhibition was curated by Ben Uri in 1963. His work also featured in Ben Uri’s Festival of Britain Anglo-Jewish Exhibition 1851–1951 Art Section, an adjunct to the main Anglo-Jewish Exhibition held at University College.

Object Details

Date 1939

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) painting (technique) canvas (support)

Unframed 63.5 x 79.7 cm

Framed 81 x 97.5 cm

Signed signed, bottom right: Bloch

Acquisition presented by Alexander Margulies 1987

Accession number 1987-37

Display status Not on display

Drawing on his Expressionist roots, Bloch’s work powerfully conveys emotion through colour.

Selected exhibition history

1963 Martin Bloch 1883-1954: Memorial Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings

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