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 '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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