Artist Biography - Bernard Meninsky

Bernard Meninsky was born in 1891 in the Ukraine. His family moved to Liverpool when he was a baby, and he attended the Liverpool School of Art from 1906. He won the King’s Medal in 1911 and went on to study briefly at Royal College of Art in London and the Académie Julian in Paris. After being awarded a scholarship Meninsky was able to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in ...1912–13. In 1913 he worked for Edward Gordon Craig at his theatre school in Florence, later returning to teach at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where he taught painting and drawing from 1913 until 1940.
Meninsky was a figurative artist, painter of figures and landscape in oils, watercolour and gouache, draughtsman and teacher. He held his first solo show at the Goupil Gallery in 1919 along with The London Group and the New English Art Club (NEAC).
During World War I, Meninsky served in the Royal Fusiliers, fighting with General Edmund Allenby in Palestine. The Ministry of Information commissioned Meninsky in May 1918 to produce a series of paintings based around the 'arrival of a Leave Train from the Front' at a London railway terminus.
He published Mother and Child: 28 Drawings in 1928 and illustrated the 1946 volume of Milton's poems L'Allegro and Il Penseroso. In 1935 he designed sets for the ballet 'David' for the Markova-Dolin Company.
Meninsky suffered from mental illness for much of his life and committed suicide in 1950.
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