OBJECT OF THE MONTH – December 2007
FRIEDRICH FEIGL: King David Street in Jerusalem, 1933
From 1910 Feigl lived in Berlin, where he focused mainly on prints and illustrations. In 1932–33 he visited Palestine, where the Jewish memorial sites and their present-day life left a deep impression on him. He returned from the Holy Land with a series of paintings and sketches whose motifs were never to disappear entirely from his subsequent work. These include the gouache on display, King David Street in Jerusalem. In Bohemia in the following years (1933–39), he came to the fore as a painter.
In March 1939 he and his wife managed to escape to England, where he was actively involved in the Czechoslovak artistic life in exile. After the war, Feigl continued to paint and to exhibit, mainly landscapes and his favourite biblical motifs, but also scenes from street-side cafés. He died on the 17th of December 1965 in London, a few months before his 82nd birthday.
To mark the centenary of the Osma’s first exhibition and the 70th anniversary of Feigl’s last show in Prague, we have prepared an exhibition at the Robert Guttmann Gallery at U Staré školy 3 (rear tract of the Spanish Synagogue), which runs until the 20th of January 2008.
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