From the end of the 1920s onwards, the Danish artist Wilhelm Freddie developed a keen interest in the fantastical compositions of the French Surrealists. Pro Patra (Latin: “For the Fatherland”) was created during the German occupation of his home country. Elements such as the stone coffin on the right or the man with shackled feet on the left evoke an uncanny, morbid atmosphere. In marked contrast to this we find the figure of a laughing boy, who clutches the Danish flag “Dannebrog”. Together with the programmatic title this is an unmistakable affirmation of national resistance against the Nazi regime. Because of his political views Freddie was forced to flee into Swedish exile in 1944.