“They hung so well together that almost immediately my thoughts turned from working with individual pieces to creating a formal exhibition.”
This week Waterhouse & Dodd (November 1-24) launches a show of these works, the third exhibition of Bomberg’s work it has staged in three years. Unlike the previous shows, all included this time are from the single private English collector who bought Bomberg’s works exclusively for more than 10 years.
He had initially focused on the figurative works Bomberg produced in the aftermath of the First World War. “I never stopped being captivated by those 1919 angular figures,” the collector (who remains anonymous) writes in the exhibition catalogue. “The more I came across, the greater depth I found within them”.
Eventually he widened the breadth of his acquisitions to include other phases of the painter’s career, but the dedication to figurative works is evident throughout the show at the Albemarle Street gallery.
Bomberg’s art fell out of fashion in the 1960s and ‘70s, regaining some popularity in the 1980s. However, Waterhouse & Dodd’s series of shows around the artist (previously in May this year and October 2015) aim to encourage the ongoing reappraisal of his creations.