8 June 2007
David Bomberg (1890-1957)
Trees, Ronda Valley
17 7/8 x 23½ in. (45.5 x 59.6 cm.)
Executed in 1956.
with Bernard Jacobson, New York.
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R. Cork, David Bomberg, London, 1987, pp. 309-10, no. 368, illustrated.
Richard Cork comments, 'Not all these late drawings depict a landscape unalleviated by vegetation. One study juxtaposes the starkness of the distant Ronda rock with richly foliated trees [the present work]. Filling the foreground with their density and bulk, they offer shelter to anyone oppressed by the hard, empty countryside beyond. But even here Bomberg has parcelled up the trees' contours into spare angular segments which reveal a continuing debt to Cézanne and affirm a preference for austerity' (loc. cit.).
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