Wyndham Lewis Vorticist Composition 1915

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Artist
Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957
Title
Vorticist Composition
Date 1915
Medium Gouache and chalk on paper
Dimensions Frame: 529 x 365 x 19 mm
image: 375 x 173 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Miss Ethel M. Saunders in memory of her sister 1963
Reference
T00625
Not on display

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This work was previously owned by the Vorticist artist Helen Saunders. It was originally framed with a dark silver paper mount, which would have enhanced the mechanistic effect suggested by the harsh angular forms. As they lean precariously to one side, these forms also look like tottering architectural structures. Of all the Vorticists, Lewis was perhaps most consistently interested in the theme of the modern metropolis. The overall sensation of movement is achieved through the use of vertiginous, diagonal lines, which epitomise Lewis's Vorticist style. Despite the feeling of instability and agitation there is also a sense of order and strength of definition.

September 2004

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