Artist David Bomberg was born in Birmingham in 1890, the fifth child in a Polish-Jewish immigrant family, but grew up in Whitechapel in the East End of London.
Ghetto Theatre 1920
Work by David Bomberg in the Ben Uri Collection
Ghetto Theatre, Study
The Family (Study for Ghetto Theatre II)
At the Window
Portrait of John Rodker
Study for Ghetto Theatre I
The Broken Aqueduct, Wadi Kelt near Jericho
Mt Zion with the Church of the Dormition
Sappers Under Hill 60
David Bomberg biography
David Bomberg was born in Birmingham in 1890, the fifth child in a Polish-Jewish immigrant family, but grew up in Whitechapel in the East End of London.
He initially trained as a lithographer and studied art in evening classes, but a grant from the Jewish Education Art Society enabled him to study at the Slade School of Art from 1911-13.
During this time, he painted a series of complex geometric works – most famously Mud Bath and In the Hold – combining the influence of Cubism and Futurism (the Futurists were fascinated by the dynamism of modern forms of machinery, transport and communication. One of their main interests was capturing a sense of movement in their works).
First World War
However, during World War l, Bomberg served on the Western front. His experience of the destructive power of machines at war and the death of his brother in the trenches destroyed his faith in the machine age. After the war, his painting became rounded and more representational.
Palestine and Spain
He spent four years in Palestine concentrating on landscape painting and later lived in Spain, developing a more vigorous style with looser brushwork. He was an official war artist during the Second World War.
After the war, he and his wife, artist Lilian Holt, founded the Borough Group (1948). He taught at the Borough Polytechnic, where his students included Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. In 1954, he settled in Spain. David Bomberg died in 1957.