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09 January 2018

"Mark Gertler" talk by Sarah MacDougall 18th January

 

Mark Gertler:  "An Artist of Hampstead" 

An Illustrated Talk by Sarah MacDougall


18th January 2018 at Keats Community Library.

Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm


Mark Gertler (1891 - 1939)  worked at Wells Mount Studios in Hampstead for many years. He was a friend of D H Lawrence among Hampstead residents.

He was educated at the Slade where he met Dora Carrington, whom he pursued relentlessly for many years. His obsessive (and unrequited) love for Carrington is detailed in his published letters and in Sarah MacDougall's book Mark Gertler. It is also represented in the feature film Carrington (1995).

Sarah MacDougall is the Head of Collections and Joint Senior Curator at the Ben Uri Gallery in London and, as well as having written Gertler's biogaphy, is currently preparing his catalogue raisonné.

This is a unique opportunity to hear an expert talk about a member of this famous artistic community in the area in which he worked .

Tickets are £10 available from the Library in Keats Grove in person, by phone (020 7431 1266) and on line (wegottickets.com) click HERE for access





Proceeds help keep the Library open; KCL is also supported by U3A in London for this event.
 

 

From Wikapedia

Marks Gertler was born on 9 December 1891 in Spitalfields, London, the youngest child of Polish Jewish immigrants, Louis Gertler and Kate "Golda" Berenbaum. He had four older siblings: Deborah (b. 1881), Harry (b. 1882), Sophie (b. 1883) and Jacob "Jack" (b. 1886).

In 1892 his parents took the family to his mother's native city, Przemyśl, Austria-Hungary (now Poland), where they worked as innkeepers. Though Louis was popular with his customers, mainly Austrian soldiers, the inn was a failure. One night without telling anyone Louis simply left for America (ca. 1893) in search of work. He eventually sent word to Golda telling her that once he was settled she was to bring the children to live with him there.However, this venture also failed and his family never joined him in America.

Instead Louis returned to Britain, and had his family join him in London in 1896, when Marks' forename was anglicised as "Mark".

From an early age Gertler showed signs of a great talent for drawing. On leaving school in 1906, he enrolled in art classes at Regent Street Polytechnic. Unfortunately, due to his family's poverty, he was forced to drop out after a year, and in December 1907 began working as an apprentice at Clayton & Bell, a stained glass company. He disliked his work there and rarely spoke of it in later years. While there he attended evening classes at the Polytechnic. In 1908 Gertler was placed third in a national art competition; this inspired him to apply for a scholarship from the Jewish Education Aid Society (JEAS) to resume his studies as an artist. The application was successful. Upon the advice of the prominent Jewish artist William Rothenstein, in 1908 he enrolled at the Slade School of Art, University College, London. During the four years he spent at the Slade, Gertler was a contemporary of Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth, C. R. W. Nevinson, Stanley Spencer and Isaac Rosenberg, among others.

During his time at the Slade Gertler met the painter Dora Carrington, whom he pursued relentlessly for many years. His obsessive love for Carrington is detailed in his published letters and in Sarah MacDougall's book Mark Gertler. It is also represented in the feature film Carrington (1995). His love for Carrington was unrequited, and she spent most of her life living with the homosexual author Lytton Strachey, with whom she was deeply in love. Carrington's unconventional relationship with Strachey, of whom Gertler was extremely jealous, and her eventual marriage to Ralph Partridge, destroyed her equally complex relationship with Gertler. He had been so distraught when he learned of Carrington's marriage that he tried to purchase a revolver, and threatened to commit suicide.