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MARK GERTLER (1891 -1939)

Mark Gertler was born in Spitalfields, London, the son of Polish Jewish immigrants. In 1908, he entered the Slade School with the support of the Jewish Education Aid Society. Here he met fellow students David Bomberg, Paul Nash, C.R.W. Nevinson, Stanley Spencer and Dora Carrington who introduced him to the Bloomsbury Group. In 1916, Gertler painted his powerful masterpiece, Merry Go Round, a bitter and vivid metaphor for the world at war.