The picturesque atmosphere is simulataneously dramatic and intimate. The room and furniture are lit by a single yellow lamp hanging above a round table. Two people are seated at the edge of the light, as is a bouquet of flowers. A tall window with transparent curtains, pictures on the walls and a bookshelf help to give the room a Vuillard and/or Steiner-Prag mood. Initialed lower right.


  • Title: Interior at Night
  • Creator: Nadel, Arno
  • Creator Lifespan: 1878/1943
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Subject: Living rooms
  • Repository: Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History
  • Physical Dimensions: w36 x h61 cm
  • Artist Biography: Arno Nadel (1878—1943), born Vilna, Lithuania, a composer, arranger, conductor, writer, poet and painter; he also dedicated himself to the collection of both Eastern European folk songs and old manuscripts of Jewish liturgical music, and in 1916 he was appointed as Kapellmeister of the Berlin Jewish community. (The Prelude to the film Hebräische Melodie is one of his few works to be recorded.) He was able to obtain an exit visa to England but was too weak and dispirited to make the journey after his incarceration in the concentration camp of Buchenwald. In one of his last letters before begin deported to Auschwitz in 1943, he wrote: "May God protect holy Germany! It is the wisest nation of poets and philosophers, but has been misled – only after bloody detours and errors will it attain freedom of spirit and of noble art." Despite his tragic belief in Germany, Nadel could not escape his fate – he died at Auschwitz. He shared with many German artists of Jewish origin the same fate, the same passion for music, and the belief in "their country."
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: This material may be used for personal, research, and educational purposes only. Any other use without prior authorization is prohibited. Please contact LBI librarians at lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org for further information.
  • External Link: LBI Art Collection, Center for Jewish History
  • Medium: Charcoal and pastels on grey wove paper

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