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Three years out of the Slade, Gertler’s work became increasingly experimental. This drawing, executed on the eve of the First World War, captures the tension between the traditional way of life depicted and the incipient warfare which threatens to overwhelm it. The concentrated, almost claustrophobic domestic interior with the scrubbed kitchen table and simple meal typify Jewish East End life of the period.
watercolour & pencil on paper
H 48.8 x W 37.6 cm
acquired by private treaty through Sotheby's with the assistance of the Art Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, Pauline and Daniel Auerbach, Sir Michael and Lady Heller, Agnes and Edward Lee, Hannah and David Lewis, David Stern, Laura and Barry Townsley, Della and Fred Worms and anonymous donors, 2002
Drawing & watercolour
Mark Gertler 1914