Ben Uri collection


Artist information

Name Heinz Koppel (1919-1980)

Born Berlin, Germany

Died Cwmerfyn, Wales

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Koppel was born in 1919 in Berlin and sought refuge from Nazi persecution in England in the 1930s. He mixed in émigré circles in London, training under Martin Bloch and showing work at Jack Bilbo’s Modern Art Gallery, and later the Beaux Art Gallery. Koppel moved to South Wales in 1944, working as an art teacher in a school for workers and their families until 1956, then returning to London, teaching at Camberwell and Hornsey Schools of Art and lecturing at Liverpool College. He spent his final years in Aberystwyth.

Object Details

Date 1960

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 61 X 91 cm

Framed 63 x 92.5 cm

Signed signed, top right: Koppel

Acquisition presented by Frank Auerbach 1994

Accession number 1994-12

Display status Not on display

Koppel depicts the tiny West Cornwall village of Sennen in a typically naïve, almost surreal, style though his treatment and distinctive colouring also reflect a debt to German Expressionism. A psychological element is introduced by the dominant bend of the cove and its great blue stretch of water which threatens to swallow up the houses and overwhelm the two small boys.

Selected exhibition history

2018 Finchleystrasse: German artists in exile in Great Britain and beyond 1933-45


'Finchleystrasse: German artists in exile in Great Britain and beyond 1933-45'

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