Players, 1919, David Bomberg (1890-1957). Presented by Mrs Lilian Bomberg 1976 ©Tate, London 2019

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David Bomberg’s lost legacy: a master painter and his students

  • Monday 1 March 2021
    (2 pm - NB: booking closes 48 hours before the event)
  • Lecturer: Kate Aspinall

One of Britain’s greatest twentieth-century painters David Bomberg (1890-1957) was neglected for much of his lifetime and has only recently been rightfully celebrated with exhibitions at galleries across the country. This hour-long talk explores what it is in his painting that touches a nerve today as much as it did for the talented group of artists who studied with him. From Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff to Dennis Creffield, Bomberg’s passion and craft revived the British tradition of expressive naturalism and created a visual language that remains very much alive today.


Dr Kate Aspinall is both an art historian and an artist. She studied art history at St Andrew’s, The Courtauld and the University of East Anglia, from where she was awarded her doctorate in 2003. She has worked on the Feliks Topolski archive and the Roy Lichtenstein Catalogue Raisonné. She has written widely on the art, artists  and the artistic debates of the twentieth-century and lectures for the Art Society, The Courtauld Summer Schools and the Paul Mellon Foundation.

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