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Try All What Is Possible: How Emil Singer’s Art Saved Lives
January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The exhibit features etchings by Emil Singer, along with a few original works by Charlotte Alden Isaacs and Reginald Isaacs.
In 1936 newlyweds Reginald Isaacs and Charlotte Aldes Isaacs sailed to Europe to introduce themselves to each other’s families—first to his family in London, then on to her family in Austria. This exhibition centers on a decision they made upon meeting a cousin in Vienna in 1936, the artist Emil Singer. What they saw and heard, we do not entirely know. However, from that point, their honeymoon was detoured to Quimper in Brittany, France and extended indefinitely. Over the next two years they obtained Emil’s art work and sold it along with their own in the streets of France. They returned to Vienna from Brittany at least twice with sums of hard currency to bargain, bribe, or otherwise try to convince local officials to release Emil and Grete.
It appears that they returned to the U.S. by a circuitous route through Southern France, Spain, and Portugal to avoid the invading German army. After they returned, they continued to sell Singer’s prints in the U.S. and to send him money. Although a host of family members did survive through these efforts, Emil and Grete Singer did not. They were deported to Izbica, Poland in 1942, and murdered there.
Reginald and Charlotte never spoke of these years or events to their children. After Reginald’s death, their son Henry Isaacs found letters – the correspondence between Reginald and Emil which paint an increasingly devastating picture of the effort to sell artwork to save lives.
For twenty years Henry Isaacs and his wife Donna been collecting art work by Emil Singer. The collection is at the center of Try All What Is Possible: Emil Singer’s Art Saves Lives.