David Bomberg London National Gallery

The mechanisation of the human spirit. Apocalyptic. David Bomberg London National Gallery. @NationalGallery

The objectification of the human being
The Hold David Bomberg

Is that how our so vulnerable flesh, blood and soul was seen in the early 20th Century? 

The objectification of the human being
David Bomberg Sappers at Work

WW1 mechanical slaughter. The objectification of the human being. To feed the industrial revolution’s devouring profiteering and commercialisation of the spirit surviving and enforced in the 20th Century.

Is this how David Bomberg saw his fellow humans?

Is he capturing the zeitgeist of the times as CRW Nevinson (1890 – 1957) boldly depicted in ‘La Mitrailleuse’, men as merely mechanical components of their killing machines both mutually dependent upon each other for existence?

The objectification of the human being
CRW Nevinson

As Picasso and Braque portrayed humans with Cubism, Boccioni and Balla of the Futurists,

Giacomo Balla Street Light
Umberto Boccioni









Wyndham Lewis

The objectification of the human being
Wyndham Lewis Life Art War

and Bomberg of the Vortisicts

The Mudbath David Bomberg

– depicting humans: angular, mechanical, dead metal, dead-weight, dead objects. 

The artists’ interpretation of societal attitudes. Is that how those times were?


David Bomberg London National Gallery

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