David BombergRonda Landscape, 1954
Charcoal on paper
19 x 24.5 inches
One of Bomberg's strongest landscape views across Ronda from the important Bernard Jacobson show in 1954 which is very similar to Ronda , 1954, in the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery,...
One of Bomberg's strongest landscape views across Ronda from the important Bernard Jacobson show in 1954 which is very similar to Ronda , 1954, in the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford. Marvellously free and impassioned, this is one of Bomberg's rare and superb charcoal drawings in which, to quote Richard Cork, he "brought together the "spirit" of his own passionate responses and the "mass" of the terrain itself in a memorable synthesis ... their monumental sense of form links them directly with the work of the young Bomberg half a century before." Cork comments that "the mark-making is more supple than before, and takes on a life of its own in the forceful zig-zags darting like summer lightning over the hillsides on the left of the composition ...using his fingers as much as the charcoal stick, Bomberg achieves a richness of texture which depends very heavily on his ability to juxtapose dramatic extremes of light and shadow. Areas where the paper has been left free to register refulgent whiteness give way to passages of almost velvet blackness, and these contrasts are heightened by the buckling dynamism which Bomberg discovers in the structure of the land".
Barnard Jacobson Gallery 1954