London, South Kensington
1 November 2006
BOMBERG, David (1890-1957). Russian Ballet. London: Hendersons [The Bomb Shop], 1919. 8°. Six lithographs printed in 4 colours by David Bomberg. Original white wrappers (dust-marked in not unpleasing constructivist pattern).
Bomberg, who had been taught by Sickert at the Westminster School of Art, visited Roger Fry's Post-Impressionists exhibition at the Grafton Gallery in 1910 (see lot 49) and was profoundly impressed. In particular he was inspired by the Cézannes, which Ottoline Morrell had helped to choose, and he was to claim 'Cézanne is father to me and the artists of the future'. After training at the Slade alongside Gertler, Wadsworth, Paul Nash and William Roberts, Bomberg was briefly involved with Roger Fry's Omega Workshops, and with Wyndham Lewis's Vorticist movement. But his experiences of mechanized destruction during the First World War left him disillusioned with the machine age. The images in Russian Ballet were inspired by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, a great favourite of Ottoline Morrell and her circle.
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