Still Life

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This tactile still life illustrates the artist’s interest in texture and the organisation of a picture’s compositional elements. The dove traditionally symbolises peace but also the presence of God. A sense of loss is evoked by the empty candleholder and the handful of pink and red flowers, which offset the sombre palette. A Polish-born émigré, who settled in Germany, Adler was forced to leave in 1933 after the Nazis rose to power. He spent several years in exile in France, where this work was probably painted, joining the Polish Army in exile in 1939. He was evacuated to Glasgow in 1940, afterwards settling in Britain. Adler was influenced by both Klee, whom he knew in Düsseldorf, and Picasso, whom he met in Paris, but his orthodox Jewish background was perhaps the most important influence.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



Still Life


oil, plaster & mixed media on canvas on board


H 65 x W 50.5 cm

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purchased, 1937

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