David Bomberg (1890-1957)
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David Bomberg (1890-1957)

Summer flowers

David Bomberg (1890-1957)
Summer flowers
oil on canvas
36 x 28 in. (91.5 x 71.1 cm.)
Painted in 1943.
with Marlborough Fine Art, London.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 21 May 1986, lot 122, where purchased by the present owner.
W. Lipke, David Bomberg, London, 1967, p. 85, pl. X.
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Lot Essay

In 1942 and 1943, Bomberg returned to the subject of flower paintings that he had worked on briefly in 1937. Lilian, Bomberg's wife, would bring home large bouquets of stem flowers from a flower stall in Gloucester Road. 'Described as "veritable explosions in oil colour" by one critic reviewing a Bomberg show later that year, these flower paintings were large, rich bouquets of impasted paint that started with long-stemmed flowers in a vase and ended in a resonating portrayal of exotic and vivacious brushwork such as found in Summer Flowers, 1943 [the present work] ... Seeing the flowers as essentially sculptural, Bomberg has given a tactile impression of them by the very scumbled treatment of the canvas surface' (W. Lipke, op. cit., p. 85).

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