The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

July 26, 2017

July 26, 1895

We read about Jankel Adler (July 26, 1895 to April 25, 1949) that he:

was born in Lodz, Poland to Jewish parents in 1895. After his studies Adler spent time in Poland, Berlin and Paris then moved to Dusseldorf where he taught alongside his mentor Paul Klee. Adler was forced to leave Germany in 1933, at the height of his success there, because of the rise to power of the Nazis. His paintings were removed from German museums and appeared on the lists of ‘degenerate art’. None of Adler’s nine siblings survived the Holocaust.

Settling in Paris, he became friendly with Picasso and Otto Dix, whose influence on his work is apparent. In 1940 Adler joined the Polish army and travelled to Glasgow where he had a great impact on the artists Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. He settled permanently in London in 1943 where he was to influence a number of young British painters including John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Prunella Clough, Michael Ayrton and the poet Dylan Thomas. Adler died prematurely 1949.

Here is "Still Life with Cat", a provocative addition to a long history of cats in European art.

You can see more of his paintings, with cats, here.

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