Meninsky, Bernard (1891-1950)

Born in 1891 in the Ukraine shortly before his family immigrated to England, Meninsky completed most of his training at the Liverpool Art School, and received a grant to study at the Académie Julian in Paris before moving to London to study at the Slade. After a period working with Gordon Craig in Florence, Meninsky returned to London in 1913, where he joined the London Group. He exhibited with them every year until 1939. He taught life drawing at the Central School of Art and Design from 1913 until 1939. Meninsky concentrated on portraits of his family and friends. Meninsky's first one-man exhibition, held at the Goupil Gallery in 1919, took the theme of mother and child and was a popular success. Later, he turned towards idyllic pastorals of an imagined 'golden age', peopled with monumental women. He took his own life in 1950.

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