David Bomberg
Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain 1935

Artwork details

David Bomberg 1890–1957
Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain
Date 1935
Medium Charcoal on paper
Dimensions Support: 468 x 633 mm
frame :791 x 629 x 35 mm
Acquisition Presented by Dinora Davies-Rees, the artist's step-daughter, and her daughter Juliet Lamont through the Contemporary Art Society 1987
Not on display

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In 1935 Bomberg spent four months in the Asturian mountains in northern Spain; he would have stayed longer had it not been for the impending civil war. He was attracted to the rugged and dramatic scenery and the simple, isolated life of the locals.

This drawing typifies Bomberg’s use of strong line and heavy shading to evoke the massive presence of the mountains while resisting the creation of illusionistic depth. The scale of the scene is emphasised by the way the hills fill the picture frame.

September 2004

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