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Mark GERTLER 1891 - 1939

Biography

Although encouraged to pursue art from an early age, it was only in 1908 that a scholarship allowed him to enrol at the Slade School of Art and consider art as a career. Although successful as a society portrait painter, his career was at times, as his desire to pursue a personal vision often led to issues with potential sitters and buyers. Sadly his turbulent personal life and frequent bouts of ill health and depression pursued him throughout his career, and he committed suicide in 1939.

In general, his works suggested the influence of Post Impressionism, with his preference for bold colours also linked to eastern European folk art. Certainly it would not be difficult to link the evocative, symbolic and emotional power of the Post-Impressionist movement to the irregular perspectives and heavy shadowy tones present in a work such as The Artist's Studio.