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Mark Gertler: Paintings from the Collection of Luke Gertler and other important UK collections

Mark Gertler, Daffodils in a Blue Bottle, 1916, oil on canvas, Luke Gertler Bequest, on loan with Art Fund support.

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Mark Gertler: Paintings from the Collection of Luke Gertler and other important UK collections will be on display at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum from October 30 to December 16, 2019.

The exhibition showcases five important paintings from the Estate of the artist’s son, Luke Gertler (1932–2017), which are on loan from Art Fund: The Artist’s Parents (c. 1909–10), The Artist’s Brother, Harry (c. 1911), Daffodils in a Blue Bottle (1916), Trees at Sanatorium, Scotland (1921) and The Coster Woman (1923).

These loans represent the major themes and motifs of Gertler’s early career: portraiture (particularly of members of his own family), the still life, and landscape, and have provided the catalyst and context for the current show.

Following the recent Gertler display at Tate Britain (February to October 2018), this exhibition also marks the 80th anniversary year of the artist’s death and these loans, executed between c. 1908 and 1924, span Gertler’s personal and artistic journey from the East End to Hampstead via the Slade School of Fine Art.

They are complemented by paintings and drawings from the Jerwood and Ben Uri Collections, as well as selected important UK private collections, with a particular focus on the fine draughtsmanship that underlies Gertler’s oeuvre.

Highlights include Head of a Girl (1910, Jerwood Collection) – formerly in the Collection of Paul Nash – the study for The Violinist (1912, Private Collection), further separate drawings of both sitters for Gertler’s much-loved Rabbi and Grandchild (1913, both Private Collections), Ben Uri’s celebrated Rabbi and Rabbitzin (1914), figurative drawings for Gertler’s best-known painting, Merry-Go-Round (1915, 1916), a Coster Woman study (1924), and a head of the writer Arnold Bennett (c. 1927).

A fully illustrated publication and a series of tours and talks will accompany the exhibition. There will also be a small related display of work by Gertler’s fellow ‘Whitechapel Boys’ in the lower gallery.

Image: Mark Gertler, Daffodils in a Blue Bottle, 1916, oil on canvas, Luke Gertler Bequest, on loan with Art Fund support.

Open: Weekdays from 10am to 5.30pm and Wednesdays late until 8pm.

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, 108A Boundary Road, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 0RH