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David Bomberg

(1890-1957), Painter

David Garshen Bomberg

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Painter. Bomberg was 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 'spotted' by Sargent, who employed him as a model. Supported by the Jewish Educational Aid Society, he attended the Slade School (1911-13). After visiting Paris in 1913, where he met Picasso and Modigliani, he held his first exhibition in London in 1914. In the twenties and thirties he abandoned his mechanistic manner for expressive naturalism and a use of paint and colour to express mood. He taught at the Borough Polytechnic (1945-53), where his pupils included Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. Mud-Bath and In The Hold (Tate Gallery) are among the best-known of his pre-War paintings and recognised as masterpieces of the Vorticist movement.

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David Bomberg, by David Garshen Bomberg - NPG 4522

David Bomberg

by David Garshen Bomberg
chalk, 1913-1914
NPG 4522

David Bomberg, by David Garshen Bomberg - NPG 4821

David Bomberg

by David Garshen Bomberg
charcoal and wash, 1931
On display in Room 38A at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4821

David Bomberg ('Self-Portrait with Pipe'), by David Garshen Bomberg - NPG 6653

David Bomberg ('Self-Portrait with Pipe')

by David Garshen Bomberg
oil on board, circa 1932
On display in Room 38A at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6653

David Bomberg, by David Garshen Bomberg - NPG 5345a

David Bomberg

by David Garshen Bomberg
oil on millboard, circa 1937
NPG 5345a

David Bomberg, by David Garshen Bomberg - NPG 5345b

David Bomberg

by David Garshen Bomberg
oil on millboard, circa 1937
NPG 5345b



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