- Object type
Head of a Girl
Mark Gertler artist
oil on canvas
unframed: 432 mm x 356 mm
Mark Gertler, the son of Polish Jews, grew up in poverty in London. In 1908 received a grant to study at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art. His fellow students included painter Stanley Spencer.
Gertler frequently painted still life subjects and portraits of family and acquaintances. The subject of this painting is Greville Texidor (1902–64) whom Gertler met in London through artist friends. She is known to have also modelled for the painter Augustus John, a friend of her mother, who was an artist who studied art in London at the end of the 19th century.
In the year this painting was completed, Texidor was married to a Spanish man and living in Buenos Aires. In the 1930s she fought in the Spanish Civil war with the anarchist militia.
Gifted by the Contemporary Art Society, 1935.
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Gifted by the Contemporary Art Society, 1935
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