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.

David Bomberg

David Bomberg