For the first time ever, this exhibition brings together revolutionary early paintings by British modernist David Bomberg (1890–1957) with the works that inspired him.
From Botticelli to Michelangelo, the exhibition reveals how Bomberg’s rebellious, youthful works drew inspiration from the paintings he most admired in the National Gallery. Far from inhibiting him, these Old Master paintings helped him leap forward and contribute to the language of early 20th-century modernist art at its most audacious.
Botticelli’s Portrait of a Young Man and Studio of El Greco’s The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane is shown alongside Bomberg’s monumental masterpiece The Mud Bath which he painted when he was only 23 years old. The show, which marks just over a century since Bomberg’s first solo show at the onset of war in 1914, demonstrates his analysis and close study of his favourite artists in order to achieve his own audacious renewal.