Jankel Adler: The Influence of a Generation
Sylvester Fine Art is delighted to present the late works of Polish artist Jankel Adler. Starting from 27 May the show will include works on paper - drawings, water-colours and gouache - as well as oils, all produced during his time spent in the UK.
Adler found refuge in Glasgow in 1941, having been evacuated from Dunkirk, where he had served in the Polish Free Army. The 46-year-old Polish Jewish artist went on to create a moving and vibrant body of work. With his keenly articulated memories of friendships and associations with great modernist figures such as Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Otto Dix, Adler had a liberating effect on post-war British artists such as Robert Colquhoun, Robert MacBryde, Keith Vaughan and Prunella Clough. *
These last years (ending in 1949 when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack) were perhaps the most artistically fruitful of his itinerant life; it seems that all he had learned and gleaned so intimately from European modernism was absorbed, assimilated and transfigured into a new vision of searching originality and assurance, expressive fluency and the most compassionate poignancy. *
The Nazis labelled Adler a ‘degenerate’ artist and many of his works in German public and private collections were destroyed. This earlier work incorporated formal, stylistic and technical elements derived from a variety of sources including German Expressionism, Picasso and Cubism, and Constructivism. **
The images in his later paintings became more ambiguous turning into ideograms or abstract symbols, and his figures became more abstract and geometrical, more delicate and refined in their proportions and at the same time more expressive of movement and vitality. In these works abstract symbolism merges with a sense of impending destiny and respect for the human experience. **
All the work in the exhibition is from the Aukin collection and is available to view and purchase from 27 May until 14 June.
* Philip Vann, as produced by Cassone: The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books’
** Nehama Guralnik from Jankel Adler: European Artist in Quest of a Jewish Style
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