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The artist David Bomberg


The artist David Bomberg

1890 - 1957 (c.)

David Bomberg (December 5, 1890 August 19, 1957) was a painter, born in Sutton Street off Holloway Head. His family moved to London though when he was still an infant.

Bomberg returned to Birmingham where he trained as a lithographer. Bomberg later went on to study art in London, first at the Westminster School of Art (where he was taught by Walter Sickert), and later at the Slade School of Art.

Bomberg's first well known works date from the 1910s. They are rather complex geometric compositions built over relatively traditional subjects, and typically use a limited number of striking colours. Humans are turned into simple, angular shapes, and a simple grid-work colouring scheme sometimes overlays the whole painting.

Later, Bomberg's works became more representational, and from the late 1920s his style became more expressionist. He painted a number of portraits and landscapes of the places he travelled to in the Middle East and Europe.

Bomberg also worked as a teacher at the Borough Polytechnic (now London South Bank University in London from 1945 to 1953. One of the Halls of residences, David Bomberg House is named after him.

Bomberg died in London in 1957. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Tate Gallery in 1988.

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Related Themes:
1837 - 1900 (Victorian Period)
1946 - 1975 (Mid 20th Century)
Fine Art
Lee Bank
Sutton Street

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