Mark Gertler Mandolinist 1934

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Artist
Mark Gertler 1891–1939
Title
Mandolinist
Date 1934
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 762 x 559 mm
frame: 956 x 754 x 48 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund (Thomas Balston Bequest) 1968
Reference
T01044
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Mark Gertler 1891–1939

T01044 Mandolinist 1934

Inscribed ‘Mark Gertler 34’t. r.
Oil on board, 30 x 22 (77 x 56).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund 1968.
Coll: Bought by Thomas Balston from Gertler’s exhibition in 1934; bequeathed by him to the N.A.C.F. 1967 for presentation to a public collection.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, October 1934 (92); Whitechapel Art Gallery, June–July 1949 (62); Arts Council, British Painting 1925–1950: Second Anthology, New Burlington Galleries, June 1951 and tour (27); Golden Jubilee Exhibition, City Art Gallery, Bradford, March–June 1954 (249).
Repr: Noel Carrington (ed.), Mark Gertler: Selected Letters, 1965, opp. p. 238.

This work appears to have been painted in June or July 1934 in Hampstead. Gertler wrote to Thomas Balston on 6 July 1934 that he would be leaving for a holiday in Spain on 12 July. On 5 October he wrote to him again: ‘I am very glad you chose the Mandolinist – it is the last thing I did before the holiday and one of my favourites. You must have noticed that I’ve kept it considerably higher in key than the others-with I think a satisfactory result. The little one is not a sketch – it is as finished as any of them and one of the most beautiful things in the show...’

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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