Mark Gertler: Works 1912-28

It was a pleasure to be able to attend the opening of the new exhibition Mark Gertler: Works 1912-28 the other evening at Piano Nobile. This exhibition celebrates the work of Mark Gertler and it is the first time that many of the works here have been exhibited together. This collection of drawings and paintings, many from private collections show us the diversity of Gertler’s oeuvre, from his experimental figurative paintings to his most radical work made during the First World War, culminating in his works made during the 1920’s.

The quality of the small number of portrait drawings included in the exhibition blew me away, particularly the portrait of Gertler’s lover and muse Dora Carrington (below). Carrington was also a student at the Slade School during the same time as Gertler and she also made sensitive and beautiful portraits of Gertler.

Both drawings were made in preparation for oils, both of which are included in the show and displayed next to their drawn studies.

Dora Carrington by Mark Gertler

The Violinist by Mark Gertler

The exhibition Mark Gertler: Works 1912-28 continues at Piano Nobile, 129 Portland Rd, London W11 4LW until 16 November 2012.

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2 Responses to Mark Gertler: Works 1912-28

  1. John & Anne Lympany says:

    Oh what beautiful sketches Adele. I didn’t know this artist but have googled him following this post and am knocked out by his work, must try and see it for real. As you say his work is very diverse. I liked his still-life paintings best, obviously heavily influenced by Cezanne, but do have an identity of their own, I do like his compositions and the use of porcelain figurines. One painting in particular reminded me of your studio “Sonata” with a Buddha’s head and a violin!! Of the other work the “Bokhara Coat” was really striking and I loved the “Head of a Girl” and “Sleeping Nude”. Not so keen on those painted in the art deco style, they reminded me of the work of Tamara De Lempika, who I suppose as a contemporary might have influenced him.

    Why do all the artists of this time associated with the Bloomsbury set seem to die tragically, Dora Carrington shooting herself and Gertler gassing himself??

    Love

    John

  2. You’re right, the quality of his portraits are one of a kind!!

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