Mark Gertler
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Mark Gertler

Mark Gertler (1891 – 1939), born in London’s East End, showed great talent for drawing from an early age and with the help of the Jewish Education Aid Society, in 1908, entered the Slade School of Art where he won two further scholarships. Two of the works here show Alice Edwards who was the model for The Servant Girl in the Tate Collection. Gertler achieved recognition early, and was admired by Sickert, Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and his paintings were keenly collected. Nevertheless, his illness, and his Jewish and working-class background were barriers, causing problems throughout his life that he ended in 1939. The obituary in The Times described his death as a serious loss to British art and it is safe to say that a considered list of the half-dozen most important painters under fifty working in England would include him. His works are well represented in all major UK museums.
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