David Bomberg Flowers 1943

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Artwork details

Artist
David Bomberg 1890–1957
Title
Flowers
Date 1943
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 718 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist's wife and family 1952
Reference
N06133
Not on display

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Bomberg was rejected by the War Artists Advisory Committee. In 1942 he was commissioned to make a painting of a bombstore, but the resulting work was too imaginative. Between 1939 and 1944 he applied unsuccessfully for over three hundred teaching-posts hoping that he would find employment sympathetic to his work as an artist. 'Flowers' belongs to a group of paintings which helped Bomberg to overcome his frustration. His wife Lilian brought home flowers to cheer him up and suggested he paint them. He then bought flowers from the early morning market at Covent Garden. The flower pictures share the explosive energy of the bombstore subjects and indicate Bomberg's renewed interest in painting.

August 2004

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