Theatre of War: Bomberg

9pm, Sunday, 28th September 2014, BBC4

David Bomberg is now recognised as the most startlingly original British painter of his generation, but died in obscurity more than half a century ago.

A Jewish immigrant from London’s east end, his early modernist works pushed art to its limits. Fighting at the Somme, David Bomberg watched the world splinter and fall apart just like the works of art he had created. Bomberg spent the rest of his life searching for order in an increasingly disordered world, and his wanderings took him as far as Palestine, before he settled at the end of his life in Ronda, Spain.

When he died in 1957, embattled and in poverty, he seemed to be no more than a footnote in the history of British art. However, the works that survive David Bomberg tell their own story. Combative and iconoclastic, he remains the most elusively original British painter of the 20th century”

Judging by the two earlier episodes of this mini-series, this is likely to be an engaging production. The presenter, Andrew Graham-Dixon has as genuine regard for the painters being discussed, and never fails to cast new light on his subjects. Undoubtedly there will be much information about his relationship with the Vorticists in the programme. Also available on BBC Iplayer.

Featured Image: The Mud Bath by David Bomberg 1914 – Oil on canvas. Copyright by the Tate Gallery. Reproduced here courtesy of the Trustees of the Tate Gallery.