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With the rise of the National Socialist party in Germany in 1933, Feibusch fled to Britain. In 1937 his work had been included in the state-organised Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition in Germany, which showed modern art confiscated from German museums and was intended to fuel popular revulsion. Feibusch became a British citizen in 1938 and, reflecting upon his own experience of war as a soldier fighting in Russia 1916-8, he painted this elegiaic work on the outbreak of the Second World War, a premonition of the terrible consequences the conflict would have for humanity.

September 2016