David Bomberg
Vision of Ezekiel 1912

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David Bomberg 1890–1957
Vision of Ezekiel
Date 1912
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1143 x 1372 mm
frame: 1203 x 1435 x 68 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Morton Bequest through the Contemporary Art Society 1970
Not on display

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Bomberg was closely associated with the Vorticist group in London. His ability to organise forms into powerful compositions is evident in this painting which was carefully prepared in several preliminary drawings. The subject is taken from the Old Testament and illustrates the occasion when God guided the prophet to a valley full of bones and commanded him to speak. 'There was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together.' Skeletal yet animated the figures appear to emerge from the platform. The brilliant colours emphasise the exultation associated with resurrection. Bomberg may have chosen this text after the sudden death of his mother. The pair had been close and he may have found consolation in this positive theme.

September 2004

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