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Mark Gertler

(1891-1939), Painter

Sitter in 99 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Born into a Polish-Jewish immigrant family in Spitalfields, in 1908 Gertler enrolled in the Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks and alongside Paul Nash, where he befriended Edward Marsh and Dora Carrington. Lady Ottoline Morrell became his patron, through whom he met members of the Bloomsbury 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 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.

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Mark Gertler ('Self Portrait with Fishing Cap'), by Mark Gertler - NPG 6990

Mark Gertler ('Self Portrait with Fishing Cap')

by Mark Gertler
oil on canvas, circa 1908-1909
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6990

Mark Gertler, possibly by Dora Carrington - NPG 5431

Mark Gertler

possibly by Dora Carrington
pencil, circa 1909-1911
NPG 5431

Group including Duncan Grant and Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140478

Group including Duncan Grant and Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1916
NPG Ax140478

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140479

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1916
NPG Ax140479

Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140586

Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140586

Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140527

Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140527

Mark Gertler; Dorothy Brett, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140529

Mark Gertler; Dorothy Brett

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140529

Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140563

Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140563

Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140588

Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140588

Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140589

Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140589

Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140590

Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140590

Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140642

Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140642

Mark Gertler; Dorothy Brett; Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140688

Mark Gertler; Dorothy Brett; Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140688

Mark Gertler; Aldous Huxley; Dorothy Brett, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140689

Mark Gertler; Aldous Huxley; Dorothy Brett

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140689

Aldous Huxley; Dorothy Brett; Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140690

Aldous Huxley; Dorothy Brett; Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140690

Aldous Huxley; Dorothy Brett; Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140691

Aldous Huxley; Dorothy Brett; Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140691

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