This period of Bomberg’s career was particularly difficult. Depressed by his lack of commercial success, and the outbreak of civil war in Spain, Bomberg nearly gave up painting altogether. It was his wife’s encouragement, fellow artist Lilian Holt, that kept him working at all, and several family portraits of her and their infant daughter Diana survive from this time.
The Artist's Wife and Baby
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
76.6 x 56.2 cm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 76.6 x 56.2 cm Tate. Presented by Dinora Davies-Rees, the artist's step-daughter, and her daughter Juliet Lamont through the Contemporary Art Society 1986 © Tate
David Bomberg was the most audacious painter of his generation at the Slade. His treatment of the human figure, in terms of angular, clear-cut forms charged with enormous energy, reveals his determination to bring about a drastic renewal in British painting. With the advent of World War I, everything changed dramatically and his harrowing experiences at the Front brought about a profound transformation in his outlook.