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Bomberg was never officially a member of the Vorticist Group although he was closely associated with the Vorticists. Between 1911 and 1913 he studied at the Slade School of Art, where his single-minded exploration of pictorial structure influenced fellow student William Roberts. Both this study and Roberts's 'The Return of Ulysses' indicate a shared interest in the depiction of dynamic forms. This is the last of three studies for 'The Vision of Ezekiel'. It has been squared up for enlargement. The sense of struggle between the figures is stronger in the studies than in the final painting. Bomberg's brother was a professional wrestler and a wrestling match may have provided the basis of Bomberg's picture.

September 2004