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