A major review of the life and career of David Bomberg (1890 – 1957), revered as one of the greatest British artists of the 20th century. Taught by Walter Sickert and part of the Slade School of Art’s ‘golden generation’, Bomberg in turn taught artists including Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, inspiring the formation of the Borough Group in 1946.
Through over 70 works, the exhibition offers a chance to reassess Bomberg’s stylistic evolution, which started with a trip to Paris where he met Picasso, Derain and Modigliani. It explores key themes within the artist’s remarkable career, including engagement with his Jewish East End upbringing and with Yiddish culture, his contribution to pre-war British modernism and his role as a war artist in both World Wars which saw the development of a more figurative and expressionist style. It also illustrates his achievements in landscape painting, in particular those created in Spain and Palestine, and as a graphic artist, alongside a rich sequence of self-portraits and portraits of friends and family.
Marking the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death, the exhibition is curated by Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in association with Pallant House Gallery and draws upon the significant holdings of Bomberg’s work held by both institutions, alongside loans from major public and private collections. After Chichester, it tours to The Laing Art Gallery and Ben Uri during 2018. It will be accompanied by an illustrated monograph.