Signed lower right
Pastel and crayon on paper
13 5/8 x 9 7/8 in, 34.5 x 25 cm
The Estate of Jacob Bornfriend
'Art Beyond Exile: Josef Herman, Peter Potworowski, Jacob Bornfriend in Britain', Connaught Brown, London, 3 - 24 December 2013
Bornfriend was part of a significant group of emigré artists who fled Nazi-occupied Europe and settled in the UK during World War Two. Early in his career Bornfriend based his work on the folk-art of his homeland, Czechoslovakia and the European figurative tradition. However, after fleeing to England in 1939 he focused on abstracting landscapes and still lifes, revealing the two-way dialogue between himself and the British Abstractionists, including Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon. By using rhythmic patterns, he conveyed a sense of energy and captured the "the dynamism of abundance" which he perceived in the British landscape and its changing seasons. His expressive images can also be read as explorations into colour, in which he achieves an emotional intensity through juxtapositions of warm and cool tones.