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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
Still-life with Mask, Glove, and Football, c.1940
Still-life with Mask, Glove, and Football, c.1940
Gouache on paper
48,7 x 65 cm
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Still-life with Mask, Glove, and Football, c.1940

Several objects are arranged on a pink cloth: a soccer ball, a paper rolled to partially reveal the word “ [TOMB]OLA”, (a lottery ticket), an alarm clock, an African death mask, a white glove, and a white and purple pansy. In the background, a full moon hovers in a dark sky, visible over a balcony railing. Nussbaum was in hiding when he painted this picture, and the work is an expression of his fear of the future. The alarm clock represents Nussbaum’s realization that his fate depends on time, which is fast running out. The lottery ticket is a symbol of luck that has changed for the worse, while the specter of death, appearing in the form of an African mask, hovers above all.

Gift of David Susskind, Brussels
In memory of Salomon Susskind and his wife Mala Lea Gutgold..