Tate celebrates Jewish artists

March 8, 2012
Euphemia Lamb, a bronze bust by Jacob Epstein

Euphemia Lamb, a bronze bust by Jacob Epstein

In the spring of 1914, the Whitechapel Art Gallery mounted an exhibition displaying the best of the then current trends in art. Such was the richness and variety of the paintings by Jewish artists recently arrived as immigrants, that the gallery devoted a entire section to their work. The reaction of the JC's critic was mixed. He attacked Bomberg's paintings on show as "merely a waste of good pigment, canvas and wallspace" but praised Gertler's Jewish Family for "its real psychological insight and feeling".

Almost 100 years later the works of Jewish artists of this period are again being granted their own section in an exhibition at a major London gallery. This time it is Tate Britain, whose Migrations display charts how British art has been shaped by successive waves of immigration from 1500 to the present. Bomberg is there - his reputation unscathed by the JC's review - along with Jacob Epstein, Jacob Kramer and William Rothenstein.

Migrations runs until August 12 at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1. Futher details at www.tate.org.uk

Last updated: 11:36am, March 8 2012