Bomberg's Underground Bomb Store could blow up on November 21

Underground Bomb Store will headline a sale of 32 works by David Bomberg (1890-1957) at Christie's Modern British and Irish Art sale in London on November 21.

The 1942 painting carries an estimate of £80,000-120,000 ($127,645-191,455) and was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee for a fee of 25 guineas.

The setting captured Bomberg's imagination, and a total of three oil paintings and three drawings were completed - although the committee only accepted his drawings, considering the paintings too avant garde.

Bomberg Underground Bomb Store
Bomberg worked on greaseproof paper while painting the bomb store

One of the paintings, Bomb Store No. 3, sold for £60,000 ($95,734) at Bonhams in 2011.  

Bomberg was strongly influenced by the cubists and futurists, and was a leading exponent of the vorticist movement - a style that rejected traditional artistic subjects in favour of geometric abstraction - before the outbreak of the first world war.

East of the Moon (1953), valued at £60,000-80,000 ($95,734-127,643), is another notable lot, featuring the vibrant and thickly applied colour palette for which the artist is best known.

A self portrait from 1931 is also on offer, estimated to bring £50,000-80,000 ($79,777-127,643).

Bomberg was unsuccessful as a portrait artist due to his highly expressive style of painting. He had tried to secure commissions in the early 1930s in order to make a living.  

A large percentage of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Hadassah UK - a charity raising funds for the Hadassah medical centre in Jerusalem.

We have this postcard, signed by Picasso - the father of the cubist movement.

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