Flowers and Silk: Blue Symphony
BOMBERG, David (1890 - 1957)
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 97.2 x 76.1 cm
Acquired: 1969; Purchase; with assistance of Knapping Fund
Accession Number: NMW A 224
Bomberg was trained at the Slade School and initially associated with the Vorticists. During the 1920s he developed a more naturalistic and expressionistic style. In a period of depression during the 1940s his wife encouraged him to paint flowers. These became progressively more vibrant and here their vase has disappeared in an abstract riot of colour. Bomberg enjoyed little success, but was an influential teacher and is now recognised as a major figure in British modernism.