Wyndham LewisThe Crowd ?exhibited 1915

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Artist
Wyndham Lewis (1882‑1957)
Title
The Crowd
Date ?exhibited 1915
MediumOil paint and graphite on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2007 x 1537 mm frame: 2195 x 1740 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964
Reference
T00689
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1915

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Lewis was interested in the instinctive behaviour of people in crowds. Here, red stick-like figures appear in groups all over the composition; two wield a red flag while a third waves a tricolour flag, perhaps implying the existence of opposing political factions.This painting was also shown under the title Revolution. The overall composition seems to speak of the way individuals become standardised and dwarfed by the massive machinery of the architecture of the city. Like armies of ants, perhaps.

July 2007

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