David Bomberg Self-Portrait 1932

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Artist
David Bomberg 1890–1957
Title
Self-Portrait
Date 1932
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 606 x 511 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented in memory of the artist by Mr and Mrs J. Newmark through the Contemporary Art Society 1981
Reference
T03265
Not on display

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This is one of a series of self-portraits that Bomberg painted in the 1930s, at his home in Fordwych Road, London. This was a particularly difficult time for the artist who was striving for a footing in the art world.

The portraits were all made using a large mirror in which the artist scrutinised his features from various angles. In his honest scrutiny of himself as a balding introverted character, Bomberg’s work of this period recalls Rembrandt’s great series of searching self-portraits, made three hundred years earlier.

August 2004

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