Ben Uri collection

Portrait of a Girl

Artist information

Name Bernard Meninsky (1891-1950)

Other name Menushkin

Born Karotopin, Ukraine

Died London, England

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Meninsky, Bernard (née Menushkin) (1891 Karotopin, Ukraine - 1950 London, England) came to England with his family when he was six weeks old and settled in Liverpool. He was given a grant to study art in Paris and won a scholarship to the Slade in 1912. However, he soon left to teach drawing in Italy. During the First World War, Meninsky joined the Royal Fusiliers and fought in Palestine. In 1918 he was recruited as an official war artist, but was discharged from service after suffering a nervous breakdown. In 1919, he held his first solo show and became part of the London Group. He devoted much of his time teaching drawing at two London art schools, but meanwhile painted portraits, figures and landscapes. In the 1920s and '30s, his landscapes became dark and atmospheric. In 1935, he illustrated a volume of Milton's poems. Although he exhibited and published his work, he suffered several mental breakdowns. Eventually, in 1950 at the age of 58, he took his own life.

Object Details

Object type painting

Medium watercolour and pencil on paper

Materials and techniques pencil | watercolour (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 47 x 41 cm

Framed 71.5 x 48 cm

Signed signed, bottom right: Meninsky

Acquisition gift from Herbert H. Marks 1957

Accession number 1987-287

Display status not on display

Selected exhibition history

2001 Bernard Meninsky: A Singular Vision

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