Wyndham Lewis
Red Scene 1933–6

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Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957
Red Scene
Date 1933–6
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 711 x 914 mm
frame: 925 x 1125 x 85 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1938
Not on display

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Although this picture is dated 1933, it was not completed until 1936. The concepts of immortality, heaven and hell, and the underworld held a fascination for Lewis which is apparent in this work. The predominantly red-brown subterranean colours and pin-head figures link it to other sinister and surreal canvases by Lewis which have been described as his 'dance of death' series. Lewis observed of the paintings from this period: 'I have varied between realist fantasies and semi-abstraction'. 'Red Scene' was the first of Lewis's works to be acquired by a public collection.

September 2004

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