| Self-taught maritime painter Adolf Bock (1890-1968) lived his life in Germany, Finland and Sweden. During the First World War he served in the Imperial German Navy and was part of the German troops freeing Helsinki during the civil war in 1918. Finland made a lasting impression on Bock and he returned to Helsinki the following year. Bock lived in Finland in the 1920s and 30s, until the outbreak of the Second World War, when he returned to Germany, his homeland.
During the war, Bock served as a maritime painter in the submarine bases of the German Navy. He lost all of his belongings in the Berlin bombings during the war and barely survived the torpedoing of SS Wilhelm Gustloff, which took thousands of lives towards the end of the war. After the war he moved to Helsingborg in Sweden and settled there until his death.
Adolf Bock is known for his numerous works depicting ships, sailing, seafaring, naval battles and historical maritime themes. He made his living mostly by completing commissioned works and illustrations for the navy, shipping companies and publishing houses.
This exhibition consists mainly of works Bock painted in Finland and paintings from the 1950s with Finnish themes.
The exhibition partners are the John Nurminen Foundation and Juha Nurminen.
Painting of Adolf Bock. The Jääkarhu,
Hjelmaren, Gertrud and Huxter at Utö.
John Nurminen Foundation.