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Yad Vashem Homepage Felix Nussbaum
Shore at Rapallo, 1934
View of Ostende with Boat, 1935
The Backyard at the Rue Archimède, 1938
The Great Disaster, c.1939
The Refugee, 1939
Above the Roofs, 1940
Still-life with Mask, Glove, and Football, c.1940
Camp Synagogue, 1941
Portrait of an Unidentified Man, 1941
The Great Disaster, c.1939
The Great Disaster, c.1939
Indian ink and wash on paper
54,5 x 67 cm

The Great Disaster, c.1939

The demise of Europe plays itself out against a backdrop of destroyed buildings. Both a full moon and the sun are visible in the somber, overcast sky. A group of figures appear in the center of the work, among them a woman crouching on the ground next to a standing figure with hands raised to the sky. The bodies of other victims are scattered throughout the scene. In the left foreground, two figures face forward; one covers her mouth with her hand, the other raises a hand to her forehead. The painting, done only in black, white and shades of gray, expresses Nussbaum’s sense of foreboding that the outbreak of war signals the destruction of European culture.

Gift of Roger-David Katz and his wife Louba Moscicka, Brussels
In memory of Yitzhak Tabolicki and his wife Guitele Katz; Leon Katz, his wife Irene Temkin and their daughter Esther; Lazare Goldstein, his wife Mala Katz and their children Harry and Dora; Eva Katz and her family; Nathan Schwartz and Feigl Moscicka and her children.