The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rare Painting of Doomed WW2 Bomb Store that was Covered Up for Years, Offered at Bonhams
Painting by David Bomberg (British, 1890-1957). Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A powerful painting of a Staffordshire bomb store by the artist David Bomberg will be offered by Bonhams in the 20th Century British Art sale on March 9th. The painting is estimated to sell for £80,000 – 120,000.

As World War II broke out in Europe, Bomberg felt a pressing need to contribute in some way and repeatedly suggested that artists be employed to depict and document the historic events. To his satisfaction, in 1939 it was announced that a War Artist's Advisory Committee (WACC) was set up for exactly this purpose.

Following almost four years of inactivity and almost 300 applications for teaching posts, Bomberg’s request to participate in the cause was finally accepted. In 1943, he was sent to Burton on Trent in Staffordshire where he spent two weeks, ninety feet below ground in long disused gypsum mines. Here, almost ten thousand tons of bombs were stored in anticipation of future air raids on German cities. Bomberg worked feverishly and when he ran out of canvas, he worked on greaseproof paper. Owing to censorship and secrecy, all his sketches had to be stored at the depot overnight and he could not discuss the project with anyone.

There is spontaneity to the surface, in Bomberg's animated strokes and dashes of colour. Unlike many of his bomb store works, this is somewhat 'easy to read', perhaps a nod to the WAAC's preference for clarity in works by commissioned artist. However, there is no propaganda here and the artist portrays the chamber and racks of bombs in a way that the viewer is in no uncertain terms of its purpose - to hold instruments of war that will be used to kill.

Bomberg had been nervous whilst in the store and justifiably so, as just a year later on the 27th November 1944, there was a massive explosion that could be felt as far away as Rome, killing 68 men and 200 cattle. Caused by safety negligence, the terrible accident was covered up for years.

Not only can the present work be seen as a powerful painting by Bomberg executed in difficult conditions, it is a historical document of a place now destroyed and a revealing insight into the atrocities of war.

Today's News

February 23, 2011

National Gallery Opens Exhibition by One of the Most Versatile Artists of the Renaissance

Comprehensive Retrospective Dedicated to the German Painter Eugen Schönebeck at the Schirn

Home Movie of President Kennedy in Houston Donated to Sixth Floor Museum

Dozens of Thomas Jefferson's Books Found at Washington University in St. Louis

New York City's National September 11 Memorial & Museum Creates 9/11 Timeline

The Pace Gallery Presents Donald Judd: Works in Granite, Cor-ten, Plywood, and Enamel on Aluminum

Christie's Launches Spring 2011 Season of Post-War and Contemporary Art with First Open

James Naismith's Original Rules of Basket Ball to Be Shown at the Nelson-Atkins

Michael Hoppen Contemporary Presents the Diorama Map Series Featuring Sohei Nishino

High Announces Hale Woodruff's Renowned Monumental Talladega Murals to Tour Nationally

Raising Over £325,000, Charity Auction Success for The Photographers' Gallery

Ayse Erkmen's New Exhibition Entitled "On Its Own" on View at Rampa, Istanbul

Unknown Photographer Discovered by U of T Student Researching at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Historic Table, Which has Been at Brightling Park, Sussex, for Over 250 Years, to Sell at Bonhams

Getty Museum Presents Ancient Cambodian Bronze Masterpieces from the Khmer Empire

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Showcases Extraordinary Art with Extraordinary Stories

Yale University Art Gallery Artist-in-Residence Program, Now in Its Eighth Year

Michigan State University Museum Launches Largest International Exhibit

Utah Museum Presents One of the Most Important Photographers of the 20th Century

Saint Louis Art Museum Announces that Emerson Commits $5 Million Toward $145 Million Campaign

Rare Painting of Doomed WW2 Bomb Store that was Covered Up for Years, Offered at Bonhams

Tim Davies Selected to Represent Wales at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice

Bertoia's to Auction the Late Donal Markey's Near-Flawless Collection of Toys, Folk Art and Advertising

Walker Art Gallery Acquires Important Watercolour: "Goodbye on the Mersey" by James Tissot

Bishopsgate Institute, Designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, to Unveil £7 Million Refurbishment

New Faces Join Third Master Paintings Week to Be Held During July in London

Christie's Expands Asia Team with Key Senior Appointments

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- $37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record at Sotheby's Hong Kong

2.- Major new show at Picasso Museum focuses on pivotal year in Picasso's life and work

3.- 63 Dutch Masters return home to Holland for an exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam

4.- Exhibition reveals new insights into Renoir's celebrated "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

5.- Nazi-looted Pissarro painting at centre of legal tussle

6.- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art presents 'Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings'

7.- Pristine Hermès Himalayan Gris Cendre Birkin bag sells for $112,500 at Heritage Auctions

8.- Tom Petty, heartland rocker with dark streak, dead at 66

9.- Exhibition presenting the art of Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí opens in London

10.- Private collectors using online appraisal platform to get multiple estimates from top auction houses

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful