Felix Nussbaum (1904-1944). Threesome (1944)
In Threesome, painted in January 1944, Nussbaum portrays himself as a pious Jew in
hiding with his wife Felka and his son Jaqui. The triangular composition is reminiscent
of renaissance sacral art. The painter identifies himself fully with the religion to which he
was thrown back as a result of the persecution by National Socialism, whereas his
wife merely endures the situation. Felix Nussbaum describes here in one of his last pictures
the situation of all those persecuted which lies somewhere between
fear of death and vague hope.