Sonata

Mark Gertler (1891 - 1939)

Oil on canvas

c.1937-1938
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Ireland
    City: Dublin
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Born in Spitalfields, in London’s East End, Mark Gertler was the son of Polish Jewish immigrants. Encouraged by his parents, he attended art classes at the Regent Street Polytechnic and in 1908, won a national art competition. His success attracted financial assistance that allowed him to enter the Slade School of Art where he studied from1908 to 1912. There he befriended artists including Dora Carrington, with whom he had a brief affair. Gertler exhibited in London up to the 1930s, and acquired several aristocratic patrons most notably, Lady Ottoline Morrell. Suffering from depression for much of his life, Gertler committed suicide in his studio in Highgate, London in 1939 and was buried at the Willesden Jewish Cemetery.
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  • Details
    Title
    Sonata
    Date
    c.1937-1938
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 67.00 cm, width: 87.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Leicester Galleries, May 1964
    Inscription
    none visible
    Provenance
    Collection of Daniel MacMillan; from whom purchased by Leicester Galleries, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in April 1964
    GAC number
    6414