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Hans Feibusch: The Unseen Drawings

[ Exhibition )

Pastel drawing by Hans Feibusch of a man and two dogs hunting a stag. In pastel shades of green, yellow, pink and blue.

Hans Feibusch, Untitled Study for a Mural (Diana and Actaeon), no date, pastel on paper, Feibusch Studio, Gift of the Artist (1997) © By Permission of The Werthwhile Foundation

An exhibition of exquisite classical figure drawings and mural studies by the German émigré artist, who was dubbed a 'Degenerate artist' by the Nazis.

Drawn from the substantial archive gifted to Pallant House Gallery from Feibusch’s London studio, these remarkable drawings have never previously been exhibited.

The German émigré artist Hans Feibusch (1898-1998) arrived in Britain in the 1930s. He moved here following persecution from the Nazis and inclusion in the infamous ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition.

On our shores, Feibusch became a celebrated painter of murals in churches and public buildings, including Chichester Cathedral. In 1997, Pallant House Gallery received the entire contents of his North London studio. The studio formerly belonged to the sculptor Edwin Landseer, and was used by Feibusch for almost 60 years, since his arrival in Britain until his death.

Aside from these drawings, the Hans Feibusch collection includes around 80 paintings, 50 sculptures, several hundred drawings, studies and copies of all Feibusch’s lithographs (around 50 prints including proof stages). Likewise, we house the artist’s sketch books, easels, brushes, props, furniture and books – over 1,700 items in total. We are also lucky enough to add the Hans Feibusch Archive of photographs and ephemera to our collection.

What the press said

Whilst the murals deserve to be celebrated it is Feibusch’s sketches and drawings which, for me, reveal his true talent.

Robert Toovey, Toovey’s

This exhibition was made possible by a number of generous organisations and individuals

Want to know more?

If you’re conducting research into this artist or another aspect of Modern British art and would like to use our library and archive, please contact Sarah Norris, Collections Manager on

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