Ben Uri collection

Work by Mark Gertler

Mark Gertler was born in a slum lodging house in Spitalfields in 1891, the fifth and youngest child of Austrian-Jewish immigrant parents ‘trying their luck’ in London. Repatriated to their native Przemysl in Galicia the following year, the family lived on the brink of starvation after the departure of Gertler’s father, Louis, to search for work in America until they were reunited in London’s East End in 1896, less than a mile from where Mark had been born. Following an unhappy apprenticeship at Clayton and Bell stained-glass makers, and a brief training at the Regent School Polytechnic, Gertler entered the Slade School of Fine Art (1908–11), aided by a loan from the Jewish Education Aid Society – the first and youngest Jewish working-class student of his generation to do so. His spectacular progress – he twice won the Slade scholarship and left with another from the British Institution – encouraged further ‘Whitechapel Boys’ including David Bomberg, Jacob Kramer and Isaac Rosenberg to follow in his footsteps. He had five solo shows at the Goupil Gallery (1921–6) and was a leading member of the London Group, but tuberculosis, first diagnosed in 1920, confined him to sanatoria in 1925, 1929 and 1936. Despite five further shows at the Leicester Galleries (1932–9), Gertler became an increasingly isolated figure in his last decade, commiting suicide in 1939.

9 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

Portrait of a Girl (Sophie, the artist's sister)

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-110

Portrait of a Man (Sydney Waterlow)

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-111

Portrait of a Man with a Bow Tie

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-112

Still Life, Winter Cherries

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-113

Still Life with a Bottle of Benedictine

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-114

Still Life with Guitar

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-115

Rabbi and Rabbitzin

Object type drawing

Accession number 2002-104

Still Life, Vase with Flowers

Object type painting

Accession number 2002-17

Still Life, Dahlias and Daisies in a Blue Vase

Object type painting

Accession number 2002-18