Hirschfield Mack escaped Germany in 1940, soon after the start of World War II. He had worked as both an apprentice and journeyman at the Wiemar Bauhaus, one of the great design schools of the 20th century. When he arrived in Australia he eventually found employment as Art Master at Geelong Grammar (1942-1947). He became a great innovator in art education in Australia emphasising the necessity of practical work in contrast to wrote learning, ideas that drew upon his innovatory experience at the Bauhaus. His works are usually small, but sophisticated, abstracts that play with colour and form as though they were musical exercises. This work was purchased from a young James Mollison when he was Director of Gallery A in Melbourne.