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Hermann Nonnenmacher (1892-1988):
Unframed (ref: 7782)
Signed with initials
9 1/4 x 3 in. (23.5 x 7.6 cm)
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 84.
Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 84, page 127.
Herman Nonnenmacher was born in Germany, but fled to England in 1938 with his wife the sculptor Erna Rosenberg (1889-1980). Before the rise of Nazism, both was a well-known sculptors whose works adorned many public buildings in Germany. Hermann and Erna's art was classified as degenerate by the Nazis, and much of his public sculpture was destroyed.
During the second world war Hermann and Erna were interned on the Isle of Man.
Erna, who was Jewish, was the model for this poignant composition of a fleeing figure.