Catalogue entry

N06231 JEWISH FAMILY 1913
 
Inscr. ‘Mark Gertler, 1st Sept1913’ t.l.
Canvas, 26×20 (66×51), including a black border 1/2 (1·25) wide painted round the edge of the canvas.
Bequeathed by Sir Edward Marsh through the Contemporary Art Society 1954.
Coll: Sir Edward Marsh by 1914 (probably purchased from the artist).
Exh: Twentieth Century Art, Whitechapel Art Gallery, May–June 1914 (270); N.E.A.C.,
 June–July 1914 (54), as ‘Family Group’; C.A.S., Paintings and Drawings, Grosvenor House, June–July 1923 (21); N.E.A.C. Retrospective Exhibition, January–February, 1925 (59), and Manchester, April–May 1925 (139); London Group Retrospective, New Burlington Galleries, April–May 1928 (60); Contemporary British Art, Whitechapel Art Gallery, October–December 1929 (290); Ben Uri Art Gallery, November–December 1944 (51), as ‘Jewish Group’; Whitechapel Art Gallery, June–July 1949 (8), as ‘Jewish Family’; Arts Council tour, Some 20th Century English Paintings and Drawings, Wales, 1950 (60); Artists Between the Wars: Memorial, Studio House, Hampstead, January– February 1950 (62); The Collection of the late Sir Edward Marsh, Leicester Galleries, May 1953 (57).
Lit: John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters: Lewis to Moore, 1956, p.211.
Repr: Tate Gallery Report 1954–55, 1955, between pp.18 and 19.

Probably painted from members of the artist's family, it is one of his first works in a more formal, somewhat Cubist style, evidently influenced by Roger Fry's Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition of 1912.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I