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Autor:
Antonio López
Título:
Sink and Mirror, 1967
Técnica:
Oil on wood. 96.5 x 83.8 cm
Ubicacion:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
© Antonio López, VEGAP, Madrid 2016
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Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Autor:
David Bomberg
Título:
Bargee (Mother and Child)
Fecha:
1921
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
91.5 x 71 cm
Úbicacion:
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 471 (1980.1)

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Like the work of many of his contemporaries , Bomberg’s painting underwent a transformation during the years immediately after the Great War. The precise, abstract geometry of his early works gave way to a more dynamic, agitated structure that hinted at certain unrest. This new style is particularly apparent in a series devoted to the bargees of London’s canals, which was shown at the Adelphi Gallery in London and in the London Group Exhibition of 1919.

The sketchy , impastoed technique and dull palette of the Bargee (Mother and Child) belonging to the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection prefigures the Expressionistic style of his final period, although the rigid , geometrised composition is closer to his pre-war abstract works. The bird’s eye view of the woman with a baby on her lap, in a stiff pose as if both were imprisoned on the barge, and the deep melancholy he succeeds in conveying attest to Bomberg’s interest in underprivileged members of society.

Paloma Alarcó

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