Wyndham Lewis
The Crowd ?exhibited 1915

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Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957
The Crowd
Date ?exhibited 1915
Medium Oil paint and graphite on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2007 x 1537 mm
frame: 2195 x 1740 x 60 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964
Not on display

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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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