David Bomberg(1890-1957), Painter
David Garshen Bomberg
Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Born to Polish-Jewish immigrants who settled in the East End of London. He studied at the City and Guilds Technical Institute with Walter Sickert, and was employed as a model by Sargent. He attended the Slade School in 1911. He visited Paris in 1913, where he met Picasso and Modigliani, he held his first exhibition in London in 1914. In the 20's and 30's he dropped his mechanistic style for an expressive naturalism, using paint and colour to express mood. He taught at the Borough Polytechnic, where his pupils included Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. Mud-Bath and In The Hold are two of his pre-War paintings recognised as masterpieces of the Vorticist movement.
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