Tate acquires Topolski

July 20 2016

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Picture: Tate/Sim Fine Art

I've always thought the Polish artist Feliks Topolski was underrated. Even today his work doesn't fetch a great deal at auction. But he could really paint, and many years ago when I used to work at Buckingham Palace I would spend hours looking at his massive depiction of the coronation of Elizabeth II, which I thought was a masterpiece.

So I'm glad to see that the Tate has just bought the above Germany Defeated, which depicts Berlin in 1945 during the last days of the Nazi regime. It has been sold to Tate by the noted dealer in war art, Andrew Sim. More here.

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