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Published on Mar 22, 2013
Whilst interned in a camp during the Second World War, and in his later life in Britain, Schwitters made hundreds of portraits to earn a living.
Choosing to leave Germany in 1937 after his work was condemned as 'degenerate' by the Nazi government, Schwitters settled in Norway for three years. He escaped to Britain in June 1940 after the Nazi occupation of Norway.
Schwitters was one of many German exiles, including a significant number of artists, to be interned on the Isle of Man during the Second World War. Whilst in the camp he produced over 200 works, including many portraits. On release in 1941 he became involved with the London art scene, and continued to make portraits of those around him. TateShots went to meet some of his sitters.