UFO in a Russian Village
Despite Maurer’s bright palette and warm, naïve style of painting, the UFO, which has dragged the villagers from their homes into the snow, has a threatening aspect. It may symbolize the pogroms (attacks on Jewish populations) or the specific threat to traditional, Jewish life posed by the rise of Nazism in Europe during the 1930s.
Maurer left his native Russia for Holland in 1914, settling in Antwerp until the German invasion in 1940, when he moved to England. He began painting ten years later. He exhibited at the Ben Uri and Mercury Galleries in London, and also in Basel. Maurer’s oils and watercolours depict everyday Jewish life and ceremonies recalled from his native Russian childhood, as well as stories from the Jewish ghetto.