22 November 2011 – 8 January 2012
Pallant House Gallery presents an exhibition of work by the German émigré artist Hans Feibusch. Celebrated for his religious mural paintings which employed expressionist use of colour, this exhibition showcases his rarely-seen lithographs which form part of the substantial collection the artist left to Pallant House Gallery in 1998.
Born in Frankfurt, Feibusch served in the German army in the First World War, before studying painting in Munich, and subsequently with Karl Hofer in Berlin. He was strongly influenced by the Italian Renaissance tradition of wall painting that he saw in Florence, Rome, Perugia, Pisa and Venice, but equally by the vibrant colours and Cubist forms of the artists Othon Friesz and André Lhote, with whom he studied in Paris in 1923-24.
Feibusch's early work combined Renaissance and modernist influences, and he achieved acclaim for these paintings, winning the Grand State Prize for Painters at the Prussian Academy in Berlin in 1930 and exhibiting at the Berlin Secession. However, as a Jew his modernist work was banned and destroyed by the Nazis and included in the notorious Degenerate Art Exhibition in Munich in 1937.
After his arrival in Britain in 1933 Feibusch supported himself through illustration work and printmaking, with exhibitions at the Lefevre Gallery, until he received his first public commission for a mural in 1938. The prints on display here reveal Feibusch at his most European, immediately after his arrival in Britain. They form part of the Hans Feibusch Studio that was donated to the Gallery by the artist in 1997.
A related exhibition ‘Hans Feibusch: The Influence of Europe' is at the Otter Gallery, the University of Chichester from 24 Nov 2011- 15 Jan 2012 featuring loans from Pallant House Gallery.