David Bomberg
In the Hold c.1913–4

Artwork details

David Bomberg 1890–1957
In the Hold
Date c.1913–4
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1962 x 2311 mm
frame: 1995 x 2355 x 63 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1967
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

Display caption

This painting relates to Bomberg’s search for a purely visual language with which to express his perceptions of the modern urban environment. It is based on a scene of dockers working in the hold of a ship. A ladder in the lower right of the picture connects the hold with the deck above. In the centre left one of the dockworkers is seen, wearing a hat. Bomberg has left visible the squaring-up grid, used to enlarge accurately the preliminary drawing. He has then used this geometrical framework to dissolve the subject of the picture into dynamic angular facets.

September 2016