Albert Reuss in Mousehole

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Albert Reuss in Mousehole

Publication September 2017
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Albert Reuss in Mousehole: The Artist as Refugee
Susan Soyinka

  • The first biography of this self-taught artist.
  • Gives an account of the life and work of the Viennese-Jewish artist set against the background of world historic events.
  • Tells the story of an artist’s struggle to develop his art and to survive.



Albert Reuss (1889-1975) was a painter in oil whose work defies categorisation, but bears some elements of Impressionism and surrealism.

Born in Vienna, he emigrated from Austria to England in 1938 following Hitler’s annexation of Austria. In the process, Reuss lost many members of his family, as well as all his possessions, and the reputation he had built up as an artist in Vienna prior to his departure.   He continued to work as an artist in this country, but his style changed drastically, reflecting the trauma that he had suffered.

Reuss first showed in Vienna in 1926 at the Wurthle Gallery and then again four years later. His work was included in the Chicago Exhibition in 1933.  After he and wife moved to Mousehole, Cornwall in 1948, he had regular one man shows at O’Hana Gallery, London as well as solo exhibitions in municipal galleries in Birmingham, Cheltenham and Penarth. Several provincial galleries hold his work as do the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, British Museum and the Albertina Museum in Vienna.

In researching the life of this intriguing man, Susan Soyinka interviewed many people who knew him, and also retrieved from Vienna a huge archive on Reuss, which includes much of his lifetime’s correspondence.


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