Every month, we dust off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. This painting was a topical one after the Second World War – when much of Europe was left hungry and homeless.
Look at this oil painting, and you notice the detail etched into the faces. They are all downcast: eyes on the floor and shuffling their hands. There’s a clear sense of weariness and waiting.
For artist Max Huber, in 1948, this painting was like a newscast: it captured a very current crisis.
The Second World War was over, but Europe was still reeling – and dealing with hunger and homelessness. More