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In 1934 Bloch, declared a 'degenerate artist' by the Nazi regime, fled Germany and set up an art school in London. In the early 1940s he became a close friend of the Polish émigré Josef Herman, also represented in this display, through whom he came to visit Wales on a number of occasions. To his Welsh scenes Bloch brought his characteristic high-keyed colour, inspired by French Fauvism, and concern with pictorial structure. Although his paintings are informative about the particulars of the landscape and the activities of the people shown, they often also convey the artist's strong feeling for the permanence or continuity of the scenes represented.

September 2004