David Bomberg
The Mud Bath 1914

Artwork details

David Bomberg 1890–1957
The Mud Bath
Date 1914
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 2242 mm
frame: 1718 x 2427 x 70 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1964
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

Display caption

The way in which Bomberg reduces the human figure to a series of geometric shapes may reflect his fascination with the machine age, which he shared with the Futurists and Vorticists. This painting could also represent the human form, stripped to its essential core.The scene is based on steam baths near Bomberg’s home in east London, which were used by the local Jewish population and which also had religious associations. They were, perhaps, a place for both physical and spiritual cleansing.

July 2007

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