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Bernard MENINSKY 1891 - 1950

Biography

Born in what is now the Ukraine, Bernard Meninsky attended the Liverpool School of Art in 1906, and later studied in London and Paris. Generally, Meninsky was a figurative artist who worked in oils, watercolour and gouache. In 1920 he was appointed tutor of life drawing at the Westminster School of art, and noted for his accomplished draughtsmanship.

Meninsky's first solo show was at the Goupil Gallery in 1919, and he published Mother and Child: 28 Drawings in 1928. The Mother and Child displayed here is most likely related to this series, and this subject was clearly important to the artist.

Despite the delicate theme, this work is bold and monumental in its composition, as the figure is presented in a vague landscape. While the simplification of form makes it harder to discern the pose of the mother and child - she appears to be holding the baby at arms length yet on her knee - this only adds to the distinctive and striking presence of this painting.