David Bomberg, Richard Michelmore Recto: Messiah. Verso: Messiah 1953

Artwork details

Artist
David Bomberg 1890–1957
Richard Michelmore 1928 – 2005
Title
Recto: Messiah. Verso: Messiah
Date 1953
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Frame: 715 x 1080 x 100 mm
support: 609 x 925 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Richard Michelmore 1983
Reference
T03600
Not on display

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There is a painting on each side of this work. Both were made on the same evening during one of Bomberg’s classes at Borough Polytechnic. Michelmore, one of his students, started both from the same model and Bomberg took over. In this image, the teacher added the hair and started the white sheet at the bottom. The background (top right) shows how he encouraged students at the end of the evening to clean excess paint onto the board to make the image appear more complete.

Though the model was female, the title suggests the limp body of the dead Christ.

September 2004

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