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Circus (Abstract Composition)

© the estate of David Bomberg. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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This sketch-like work shows Bomberg's lifelong interest in form. In his early career he claimed to be interested only in pure form but later developed a style which combines a fascination for mechanics and structure with a free use of the paint. Paint is applied in an extremely dynamic manner, combining outlines and colour and creating a simple and abstract pattern.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


  • Date

    c. 1920–1921

  • Medium

    oil on paper laid on cardboard

  • Measurements

    34.9 x 50 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Presented by Mr and Mrs James Newmark in memory of the artist, through the Contemporary Art Society, 1981


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