David Bomberg

Self-Portrait

About this artwork

This dark, brooding self-portrait was painted in Hampstead in 1937. It is one of a series of introspective works painted that year, which reflect the artist's depression following a number of setbacks. The Tate Gallery had declined to acquire any of his works for their collection; the situation in Nazi Germany was becoming increasingly black, with Jewish artists forbidden to exhibit; and the Civil War in Bomberg's beloved Spain continued. Bomberg, who was Jewish, became actively involved in anti-fascist activities.

  • title:
    Self-Portrait
  • accession number:
    GMA 994
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1937
  • measurements:
    77.20 x 56.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased (Knapping Fund) 1967
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of David Bomberg. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

David Bomberg

David Bomberg