David Ludwig Bloch is known for his paintings and watercolours revolving around the Holocaust and his exile. With the woodcuts from his time in exile in Shanghai, Bloch created an artistic account of everyday life in the city, while harvesting the simplicity of form and colour of the medium.
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Hoster, Barbara and Malek Roman (editors). David Ludwig Bloch: Holzschnitte Shanghai 1940–1949, Steyler, 1997.
Neugebauer, Rosamunde. Zeichnen im Exil - Zeichen des Exils? Handzeichnung und Druckgraphik deutschsprachiger Emigranten ab 1933. VDG 2003.
Brieger, Lothar. "David Ludwig Bloch kommt nach USA." Der Aufbau, vol. 13, no. 51, 19 December 1947, p. 11.
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Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Kunstsammlung David Ludwig Bloch
Leo Baeck Institute, New York, David Ludwig Bloch Collection
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Shanghai, China (1940–1949), USA
Rue Maresca, French Concession (now Wuyuan Lu, Xuhui Qu); 24/17 Ward Road, Hongkou (now Changyang Lu, Hongkou Qu), Shanghai (residence and studio)
Emma Bormann was a pioneering artist and printmaker. Her oeuvre gives witness to her extensive travels around the globe and to the agility and versatility of her artistic rendering of the urban sites she encountered.
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Seven Jewish artists living in the so-called Shanghai Ghetto joined together to form an art association in 1943. The founding members were: David Ludwig Bloch, Paul Fischer, Fred Fredden Goldberg, Ernst Handl, Max Heimann, Hans Jacoby and Alfred Mark.
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The three firms The Modern Home, Modern Home and Modern Homes existed from 1931 until 1950. Run by the Paulick brothers together with the Jewish emigrant Luedecke, the firms provided work for many emigrants.
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Hans Jacoby fled in 1938 to the Netherlands, where he was interned by the Dutch government in Hook of Holland. He was able to leave the camp and arrived, together with his wife Emma Jacoby, in Shanghai in 1940 where he continued to work as an artist.
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After studying with Hans Poelzig, Richard Paulick worked in Walter Gropius’s office and frequented the Bauhaus in Dessau before emigrating to Shanghai in 1933. After his return, he became an influential planner and architect in the GDR, from 1950 until his retirement
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A German woodcut exhibition organised at the Zeitgeist Bookstore presumably took place in June 1931. In June 1932. A further exhibition with more than 200 works by German artists, including works by Käthe Kollwitz and George Grosz, was shown at the Chinese Y.M.C.A.
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Shanghai Life was the first book published by the newly-founded Shanghai Cartoonist Club (March 7, 1942). The club held its first exhibition in June of the same year, at the Shanghai Art Gallery on Nanking Road (now Nanjing Dong Lu).
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