The City, Ronda, Spain, 1935 David Bomberg (1890 – 1957)
charcoal on paper
48.2 x 63 cm
19 x 24¾ in
In Bomberg’s ‘The City, Ronda, Spain’, 1935, heavy, deftly applied interlocking strokes of charcoal delineate the forms of buildings and trees. The centre of the work is densely populated, with the light having more space to breath around the edges of the work. It is a busier version than other charcoal works of this period as Bomberg implies great tension through the mark-making. The effect of Ronda on Bomberg is well put in the following,
“Sometimes he [Bomberg] saw Ronda as citadel of stength and grandeur, an impregnable structure carved out of the austere cliff-face supporting it. On other occasions he stressed its vulnerability, and showed how the dizzy plunge of the rift running across the city undermined the city's fortress-like character”
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