David Bomberg
Vigilante 1955

Artwork details

David Bomberg 1890–1957
Date 1955
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 718 x 600 mm
frame: 825 x 750 x 65 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1968
Not on display

Display caption

In 1954, tired of the continual lack of attention paid to him and the Borough Group, Bomberg returned to Spain where he’d worked in the mid 1930s. He made his last works there, including a series of portraits like this.

Bomberg used an old gypsy woman as a model, but this work, like the others, is more of a statement about his own physical and mental state. Isolated and beleaguered, he became increasingly introspective, vulnerable and defensive. The title reflects a sense of watchfulness while the fragmented surface reflects, perhaps, increasing bodily collapse.

September 2004

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