Mark Gertler ( 1891 – 1939), born in Spitalfields, London, was a British painter of figure subjects, portraits and still-life. Brought up in severe poverty, Gertler's path into the world of painting began when he discovered WP Frith’s Autobiography in a secondhand bookshop.
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He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art where he met and fell in love with the painter Dora Carrington, the subject of which became the inspiration for Gilbert Cannan's novel Mendel, and the characters of Loerke in D. H. Lawrence's Women in Loveand Gombauld in Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow were based on him. Despite his connection with the Bloomsbury Group, Gertler had limited critical success in his lifetime. Following recurring ill health and the breakdown of his marriage, he took his own life in 1939.