Mark Gertler (1891-1939)
Mark Gertler (1891-1939)

The Sonata

Mark Gertler (1891-1939)
The Sonata
signed 'Mark Gertler' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
28¾ x 36¾ in. (73 x 93.4 cm.)
Painted in 1934.
There is a street scene by the same hand on the reverse.
Acquired by D. Macmillan at the 1934 exhibition.
Leslie Diamond.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 15 May 1985, lot 112.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 November 1988, lot 330.
with MacConnal Mason, London.
The Times, 9 October 1934.
J. Woodeson, Mark Gertler; Biography of a painter, 1891-1939, London, 1972, p. 388.
Exhibition catalogue, Mark Gertler - the early and the late years, London, Ben Uri Art Gallery, 1982, pp. 15, 25, no. 50, illustrated.
London, Leicester Galleries, Mark Gertler, October 1934, no. 102.
London, Ben Uri Art Gallery, Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Mark Gertler 1892 - 1939, November - December 1944, no. 63, as 'Nude'.
London, Ben Uri Art Gallery, Mark Gertler - the early and the late years, March - May 1982, no. 50.

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Lot Essay

Painted in 1934, the sitter is Cecilia Dennis, and belongs to a series of works combining the theme of women and music, with titles such as Chromatic Fantasy, The Fugue and in particular, The Mandolinist, 1934 (Tate Gallery, London). There is also a pastel version of this subject entitled Birth of Classical Music.

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