Eugen Hersch was born into a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany 21 August 1887. He studied at the Berlin Art Academy, afterwards winning the prestigious Rome Prize and spending two years in Italy. He returned to Berlin and established a successful portrait practice, serving as an Official War Artist during the First World War, when his sitters included President Hindenburg. In 1939 he fled to England with his wife to escape Nazi persecution, settling in London. In 1940 Hersch was swept up in the mass internment of so-called 'enemy aliens', passing through Huyton Camp in Liverpool, and afterwards joining many other visual artists at Hutchinson Camp on the Isle of Man. Post-war Hersch exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Whitechapel Art Gallery. His later work included a large mural, Triptych in Blue, presented to Wandsworth Town Hall, now in the Berado Foundation, Portugal. His final work, a twelve-painting mural, was entitled ‘A Requiem to Comfort the Bereaved’. He died in London, England on 30 September 1967. His work was included in the Exhibition of Émigré Artists at the John Denham Gallery in 1987.