This was one of Bomberg’s last paintings. According to Lilian Holt, the model was ‘a very old Gypsy, named Eduarda, elegant, refined, and very dignified, somewhat remote, with gaunt, weather beaten features, and a kind of masculinity, yet very gentle. She had traversed the mountains on foot, most of her life, selling her wares from village to village, and David's painting of her came out this way’.
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on board 71.8 x 60 cm Tate. Purchased 1968 © 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.