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Dubsky studied at the Slade for an undergraduate and postgraduate degree.
This 1960 self portrait was done as an undergraduate. It is fascinating to compare this picture with Bomberg’s own apocalyptic late self portraits, works only separated by a handful of years from Dubsky’s. Dubsky’s is a slighter work; his presence is much gentler and more tentative than Bomberg’s, yet Dubky’s brushstrokes here have something of the dynamic sweep of late Bomberg.
Dubsky travelled widely. His scholarship time in Rome in 1964 opened him up to classical art and architecture. He visited Manhattan in 1969 on a Harkness Scholarship, ‘an incomparable fund of imagery’.
Post-1975 charcoal drawings, also characterised by ‘intense, richly nuanced-darkness’, are compassionate, harrowing portrayals of naked men, their splayed boniness and fragility sometimes redolent of Nazi concentration camp victims. Others are more playful – a wide variety of faces, physiques and postures, celebrating the sensuous uniqueness of man.
oil on canvas
H 103 x W 76.5 cm
acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection