Circus Folk

David Bomberg (1890 - 1957)

Oil on paper

1920

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  • About the work
  • About the artist
    David Bomberg, today acknowledged as an influential modern British artist, was much-neglected in his lifetime. He grew up in a Jewish neighbourhood in east London and attended Walter Sickert's classes at Westminster School (1908 -1910). In 1915 Bomberg enlisted in the Royal Engineers. The failure of his solo exhibition in 1919 led to his retirement from British artistic life. He lived in Palestine from 1923 to 1927. During the Second World War he was an Official War Artist (1942). From 1945-1953 he taught at Borough Polytechnic where his pupils included Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. In 1954, he returned to Spain and attempted to set up an art school at Ronda. A retrospective of his work was held at the Tate in 1988.
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    Places
    Subjects
    circus, abstract
    Materials & Techniques
    paper (as artists material), oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Circus Folk
    Date
    1920
    Medium
    Oil on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 25.70 cm, width: 35.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Belgrave Gallery, November 1978
    Inscription
    br: Bomberg ; verso: Circus Folk by David Bomberg 1920 Authd by Lilian Bomberg.
    Provenance
    Collection of Lilian Bomberg; from whom purchased by the Belgrave Gallery, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in November 1978
    GAC number
    14298