Wyndham Lewis Planners: Happy Day 1912–3

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Artist
Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957
Title
Planners: Happy Day
Date 1912–3
Medium Ink, gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 311 x 381 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1956
Reference
T00106
Not on display

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Between 1911 and 1913 Lewis experimented with Cubism. However, when he later recalled the process by which he made this work, he used language similar to that used by the artist Wassily Kandinsky. He wrote 'The way those things were done...is that a mental-emotive impulse is let loose upon a lot of blocks and lines of various dimensions, and encouraged to push them around and to arrange them as it will.' Kandinsky exhibited in London during the years 1909-13. His abstract style must have appealed to avant-garde artists such as Lewis.

August 2004

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