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David Bomberg
Dates: British, 1890 - 1957
Biographical Account:

David Bomberg was a English painter associated with the Vorticist group. He was born on 5 December 1890 in Lea Bank, Birmingham, to Polish Jewish parents.


He became apprenticed to a lithographer and attended evening classes at City & Guilds Institute, London, where he met fellow artist Walter Bayes. He then went on to study at the Westminster School of Art, London, where he was taught by Walter Sickert and later the Central School of Art.


Between1911 and 1913 he attended Slade School of Art with the help of the Jewish Educational Aid Society. At Slade he met Mark Gertler, Stanley Spencer, C.R.W. Nevinson and Dora Carrington.


In 1913 he travelled to Paris with Jacob Epstein, where they met Picasso, Derain, Modigliani, and many other influential artists.


Bomberg was a founder member of The London Group, along with Sickert, Epstein, Percy Wyndham Lewis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.


At the beginning of the First World War, Bomberg enlisted in the Royal Engineers, transferring to the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1916 and in March of that year he was sent to the Western Front. The war had a big impact on his outlook on life, he witnessed horrific scenes with his brother dying in the trenches, along with some of his close friends.


During the Second World War, he became an Official War Artist and was commissioned to create a series of ‘Bomb Store’ paintings. After the war he taught at the Borough Polytechnic, London.


He died on 19 August 1957 in London.
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