David Bomberg: The Mud Bath

Chris Stephens blogs about David Bomberg's painting The Mud Bath (1914) "which is said to have been based on Schevzik's Steam Baths in London's Whitechapel... human figures – like mechanised bodies – reduced to simple planes and sharp angles." Stephens continues noting that as part of Bomberg's one-person exhibition in 1914, The Mud Bath "hung on the outside of the Chenil Galleries, as one critic observed, 'rained upon, baked by the sun and garlanded with flags'."

The Mud Bath is on view as part of the exhibition The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World at Tate Britain through September 4, 2011.

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