Born in Vienna, Ruess fled to England in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, losing family, possessions and his reputation as an artist. After this his style changed dramatically, reflecting the trauma he had suffered. In 1948, he and Rosa moved to Mousehole, and the Newlyn Art Gallery holds much of his work. In researching his life, Susan has interviewed many local people who knew Reuss . His story – full of human drama and tragedy–tells of a lonely and isolated artist’s struggle to develop his art and to survive against the background of world historic events.