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Mark Gertler (1891-1939), Painter

Sitter in 99 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Born in Spitalfields, Gertler was the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland. At the Slade School of Fine Art he was befriended by the patron Edward Marsh and the artist Dora Carrington. He went on to become a leading member of the London Group. Gertler was a conscientious objector and used the de-humanising lessons of Vorticism to create, in Merry-Go-Round (1916, Tate Gallery), one of the most powerful images of the futility of war. His obsessive love for Dora Carrington was not returned, and together with his anti-war beliefs, this fuelled his creativity. Suffering from ill health and depression, and disappointed by his career, he committed suicide in 1939.