Wyndham LewisBagdad 1927-8

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Artist
Wyndham Lewis (1882‑1957)
Title
Bagdad
Date 1927-8
MediumOil paint on wood
Dimensionssupport: 1829 x 787 mm frame: 1900 x 860 x 66 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1956
Reference
T00099
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'Bagdad' is thought to be one of the decorations which Lewis is known to have made for one or more cupboards at his studio in Ossington Street, London in the late 1920s. The wood panel is composed of several strips joined together. The title may be connected with Lewis's story 'The Caliph's Design', published in 1919, which is set in Bagdad. Walter Michel has observed of this work: 'here the idols, architectures and gardens make up a structure clearly designed for humans, a city which is the 'preposterous Bagdad' of 'The Caliph's Design''. The imagery, such as the spiral staircase, seems to be a development from abstract drawings which Lewis executed in the previous year.

September 2004

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