Wyndham Lewis
Workshop c.1914–5

Artwork details

Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957
Date c.1914–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 765 x 610 mm
frame: 910 x 760 x 70 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1974
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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Vorticism was a short-lived but radical movement founded by Lewis in London just before the First World War, proposing an art suited to the energy of the modern world. Here, Lewis uses angles and diagonals to suggest the geometry of modern buildings. Its harsh colours and lines echo the discordant vitality of the modern city in an ‘attack on traditional harmony’. The vorticists’ aggressive rhetoric, angular style and focus on modernity linked them to the Italian futurists. War demonstrated the devastating reality of pitting men against machines and Lewis’s attempts to revive the movement in 1919 came to nothing.

September 2016

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