Russian Ballet, 1914-1919

David Bomberg was one of the Whitechapel Boys, a group of artists and writers who emerged from the Jewish diaspora in east London at the beginning of the 20th Century.

One of the group’s most prominent and revolutionary artists, Bomberg was known for his geometric compositions that combined the influences of Cubism and Futurism. He often used a limited palette of bold colours and depicted the figure as simple, angular shapes. He was expelled from the Slade School of Art in 1913 because of his radical style that disregarded the conventions of the time. Russian Ballet are a series of drawings that began in 1914 and were later published as a book.