Young Bomberg and the Old Masters ★★★★ National Gallery - FREE | Until March 1, 2020


David Bomberg (1890-1957) may not be an artist with whom you are familiar but this small exhibition offers a wonderful introduction to his work. It also serves to bring a fresh perspective to some familiar pieces. Nine works are presented with some of the paintings from the collection of The National Gallery which inspired Bomberg. The exhibition presents his self-portrait which is a quite traditional in its echoing of Botticelli's "Portrait of a Young Man" and then shows the artist's developing boldness in his reworking of tropes from the masters. Michelangelo's "The Entombment" becomes an inspiration for his own masterwork "The Mud Bath." This exhibition is a fascinating look at the development of an artist and a reminder of how 20th century Modernism did not spring from nowhere. The movement had clear antecedents in the past. We are reminded that art comes from a context even when artists' claim to reject the tradition they work in. The opportunity to trace the parallels and echoes that are present here is a fascinating undertaking which is made all the more interesting by Richard Cork's thoughtful curation. Don't miss this window into Bomberg's vision and the exciting chance to reappraise some old favourites.

Reviewed by J.C.
Image: The Mud Bath (1914) by David Bomberg.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆ 

WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until March 1, 2020
Sat - Thu: 10 am - 6 pm
Fri: 10 am - 10 pm
National Gallery, Room 1
Nearest tube: Charing Cross
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/young-bomberg-and-the-old-masters

Most Popular

Forever Plaid ★★★★★ Upstairs at the Gatehouse | June 1 - 27, 2021

Royal Academy Schools Show 2021 ★★★★ Royal Academy of Arts | Until July 4, 2021 - FREE

London Design Biennale 2021 ★★★★★ Somerset House | June 1 - 27, 2021

She Stoops To Conquer ★★★★ Guildford Shakespeare Company | June 17 - July 3, 2021

Express G&S ★★★★ The Pleasance Theatre | June 23 - July 2, 2021

Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes ★★★★★ The Wallace Collection - FREE | Jun 3 - Aug 15, 2021

Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen! ★★★ Vaudeville Theatre | June 7 - 13, 2021

Serpentine Pavilion 2021 ★★★★ Serpentine Galleries | Jun 11 - Oct 17, 2021 - FREE

Sir John Soane's Museum: Guided Tour ★★★★★ FREE

Here Come The Boys ★★★ The London Palladium | May 25 - Jun 9, 2021

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings