William Roberts
The Cinema 1920

Artwork details

William Roberts 1895–1980
The Cinema
Date 1920
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 762 mm
frame: 1048 x 902 x 68 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1965
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

Display caption

Roberts’s early work was abstract and he joined Wyndham Lewis’s vorticist group. After the First World War, he made a name as the painter of everyday modern scenes. While film had been invented in the late 19th century, it reached new heights of sophistication and popularity in the 1920s, the age of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and the rise of Hollywood. Movies were silent until 1927 and were accompanied by live music. Many music halls, traditional places of popular entertainment, were adapted to show films.

September 2016

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