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English Woman

© the estate of David Bomberg. All rights reserved, DACS 2019. Photo credit: Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

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Combining sharp angles with a compressed perspective, Bomberg’s composition reflects his pre-war association with the Vorticist movement. Yet his earthy palette anchors his English Woman, stooping on top of her barge, to the unfolding landscape around her. David Bomberg was born in 1890 and raised in London’s East End, attending the Slade School of Art. In 1914, with Jacob Epstein, he co-curated the ‘Jewish Section’ of the Whitechapel Art Gallery’s review of modern movements, which included work by his Whitechapel contemporaries Mark Gertler, Isaac Rosenberg and Jacob Kramer.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum





oil on canvas on board


H 59.5 x W 49.5 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Mrs H. Rose, 1960

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Inscription description

Bomberg 1920


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