[ Exhibition )
Why did the art world neglect David Bomberg in his lifetime?
Marking the 60th anniversary of David Bomberg’s death, this exhibition illustrated the profound developments in Bomberg’s works and his significant achievement within the context of British modernism.
David Bomberg (1890 – 1957) is 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.
Using more than 70 works, this exhibition reassessed Bomberg’s stylistic evolution, which started with a trip to Paris where he met Picasso, Derain and Modigliani. It explored 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 illustrated 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.
The exhibition was curated by Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in association with Pallant House Gallery and drew upon the significant holdings of Bomberg’s work held by both institutions, alongside loans from major public and private collections. It toured to The Laing Art Gallery and Ben Uri during 2018.
In partnership with the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum.
Style is ephemeral – Form is eternal.
Discover our collection of David Bomberg's works
David Bomberg, Ronda Bridge (1935)
David Bomberg, Ronda Bridge (1935) Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Hussey Bequest, Chichester District Council, 1985) © The Estate of David Bomberg
David Bomberg, Talmudist (1953)
David Bomberg, Talmudist (1953) Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Wilson Gift through the Art Fund) © Colin St John Wilson
David Bomberg, Tajo and Rocks, Ronda (The Last Landscape) (1956-57)
David Bomberg, Tajo and Rocks, Ronda (The Last Landscape) (1956-57) Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Wilson Loan, 2006) © Colin St John Wilson
David Bomberg, The South-East Corner, Jerusalem (1926)
David Bomberg, The South-East Corner, Jerusalem (1926) Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Wilson Gift through the Art Fund) © Colin St John Wilson
What the press said
Looking back on his career you can see how stimulating, innovative and forward-looking he really was.
Richard Cork, BBC Radio 4, Front Row
…offers a fresh evaluation of the artist’s career…
The most comprehensive survey to date…
Florence Hallett, The New European
…consistently excellent: evidence that Bomberg had talent oozing from every pore.
Mark Hudson, The Telegraph
This exhibition was made possible by a number of generous organisations and individuals
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