Fred Uhlman, Landschaft mit Erhängten (aus: "Captivity"), 1940, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, © The Estate of Fred Uhlman
With this exhibition, we are focusing on a ‘long-lost son’ of Stuttgart whose life and work have not yet received due attention. The lawyer Fred Uhlman was born in Stuttgart in 1901 and had to flee Germany for France in 1933. There, without prior training, he embarked on a new career as an artist.
In 1940, Uhlman was interned for six months on the Isle of Man. During this time he created the cycle ‘Captivity’, which is notable for its dark, symbolic and anti-clerical visions of the present and the future. The drawings, a modern ‘Danse Macabre’, show the horror of the battlefields. A ray of hope is offered by a little girl with a balloon wandering through apocalyptic scenes. A few of the sheets bear a dedication to the artist’s infant daughter, born on 3 July 1940.
In 1950, Fred Uhlman donated 38 drawings from this cycle to the Staatsgalerie. Our exhibition in the Graphic Cabinet presents these works for the first time in Stuttgart.
The exhibition is our contribution to ‘1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany’.
7 € / 5 € incl. collection
Fred Uhlman: Tagebuch, 30.9.1940, Fred Uhlman: »HM Loyal Internee«, in: Charmian Brinson, Anna Müller-Härlin und Julia Winckler: His Majesty’s Loyal Internee: Fred Uhlman in Captivity, London 2009, S. 58.