Racism, Injustice and Social Wrongs

Nettie Bromberg was haunted by the war, Jan van Lieshout wrote. In 1945 she was awarded the Gerrit van der Veen medal for the exhibition "Kunst in Vrijheid" (Art in Freedom), for which she submitted several works, including The War. A lonely man in a desolate world – a fate that befell many Jews after the war. Particularly from 1945 to 1948 she produced many variations on the theme in the form of large and small sketches, watercolours and paintings.

The lonely man is the centre figure of 'After the War' from ca. 1946 and of a lighter canvas from ca. 1988: 'Young Israeli Man, thinking, sitting on a rock in the Negev'. The same landscape forms the background of the dark ghetto in the 'Poor Street Musician' from 1975. His thought Next year in Jerusalem is the wish expressed by Jews at Passover, the fest that marks the liberation from slavery.
The series 'In Memoriam', consisting of seven paintings of the Warsaw ghetto, commemorates the millions of Jews who were eliminated together with their community. One of them is based on the well-known photo of the boy raising his arms in surrender to German soldiers.

With this series Nettie Bromberg sought to generalise the sorrow of persecuted minorities, writes Van Lieshout. The Jews in this series represent all the sufferers, and they indict us by means of her paintings and lithographs, wrote Otto Treumann. He had many conversations with Nettie about her art, her philosophy and about politics. She also often portrayed those other sufferers.

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