Exhibition | Mark Gertler: Paintings from the Luke Gertler Bequest & selected important UK collections | at Ben Uri Gallery & Museum | London | Art Week

Mark Gertler: Paintings from the Luke Gertler Bequest & selected important UK collections

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 to Friday, 13 December 2019
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 10:00am

BURU (the Ben Uri Research Unit) is proud to announce the exhibition, Mark Gertler: Paintings from the Collection of Luke Gertler & selected important UK collections, showcasing five important paintings from the Estate of the artist’s son, Luke Gertler (1932–2017), which are on loan from Art Fund: The Artist’s Parents (c. 1909–10), The Artist’s Brother, Harry (c. 1911), Daffodils in a Blue Bottle (1916), Trees at Sanatorium, Scotland (1921) and The Coster Woman (1923). These loans represent the major themes and motifs of Gertler’s early career: portraiture (particularly of members of his own family), the still life, and landscape, and have provided the catalyst and context for the current show.


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‘Whitechapel Boy’ Mark Gertler (1891–1939) was born in London’s East End to Austrian-Jewish immigrant parents, spent his early years in the family’s native Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian empire, and returned to the East End in 1896. The first and youngest ‘Whitechapel Boy’ of his generation to attend the Slade School of Fine Art (1908–12), he was part of the ‘Crisis of Brilliance’ generation, which also included David Bomberg, (Dora) Carrington, Paul Nash, C. R. W. Nevinson and Stanley Spencer. He began exhibiting with Vanessa Bell’s Friday Club in 1910, with the New English Art Club in 1911, at the Chenil Galleries in 1912, among fellow Whitechapel Boys in Bomberg and Epstein’s so-called “Jewish Section” at the Whitechapel Art Gallery Review of Modern Movements in 1914, and with the London Group in 1915, where his early pictures caused ‘uproar’. In the same year he left the East End for Hampstead, where he chose to settle for the rest of his life. His post-Slade work was profoundly influenced by Post-Impressionism and he exhibited with Roger Fry’s Omega Workshops (1917–18), before developing an admiration for Renoir during the 1920s, reflected in his five solo shows at the Goupil Gallery (1921–6). Following his collapse from tuberculosis in 1920, he was plagued by ill health and depression in his final years, despite further shows at Agnews, the Lefevre and the Leicester Galleries. After his suicide on 22 June 1939, The Times obituarist called him one of ‘the half-dozen most important painters under fifty working in England’.


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Open Monday - Friday, 10-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 10-4 p.m., Wednesdays until 8 p.m.

£5 entry

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108A Boundary Road, St John's Wood, London NW8 ORH

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Mark Gertler: Paintings from the Luke Gertler Bequest & selected important UK collections
10/30/2019 to 12/13/2019
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09/19/2019 to 10/18/2019
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06/03/2019 to 06/17/2019
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09/26/2018 to 10/07/2018



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