In the Hold
circa 1913 - 1914
David Bomberg
Tate Collection:

This painting relates to Bomberg’s search for a purely visual language with which to  express his perceptions of the modern urban environment.  In the Hold is  based on a scene of dockers working in the hold of a ship. A ladder,  seen in the lower right of the picture, connects the hold with the deck  above. In the centre left one of the dockers can be seen, wearing a hat.  Bomberg has left  visible the squaring-up grid, used to enlarge   accurately the preliminary drawing.  He has then used this geometrical framework to dissolve  the subject of  the picture into dynamic angular facets. Bomberg was aware of the  militancy  of the dockworkers which was much publicised  at the time.
 (From the display caption August    2004)

In the Hold

circa 1913 - 1914

David Bomberg

Tate Collection:

This painting relates to Bomberg’s search for a purely visual language with which to express his perceptions of the modern urban environment. In the Hold is based on a scene of dockers working in the hold of a ship. A ladder, seen in the lower right of the picture, connects the hold with the deck above. In the centre left one of the dockers can be seen, wearing a hat. Bomberg has left visible the squaring-up grid, used to enlarge accurately the preliminary drawing. He has then used this geometrical framework to dissolve the subject of the picture into dynamic angular facets. Bomberg was aware of the militancy of the dockworkers which was much publicised at the time.

 (From the display caption August 2004)

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