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David Bomberg - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - David Bomberg (1890 - 1957)

David Bomberg first studied under Sickert at the Slade School, where he began working in an avant-garde style. He visited Paris in 1913 and was impressed with the ideas of Cubism and Futurism. His colorful, geometric paintings were well received by critics but not by the market. In the 1920’s, he began traveling and began painting landscapes and portraits in an Expressionist style. His late life was spent teaching, instructing students such as Auerbach and Kossoff. Bomberg’s reputation increased drastically after his death in 1957. Thirty years after his death, a major retrospective of Bomberg's work was held at the Tate Gallery, London, in 1988. In Restless, William Boyd's 2006 novel, there is a reference to a portrait by Bomberg of one of the book's major (fictional) characters. The painting is said to occupy a place in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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