Helen Saunders Abstract Multicoloured Design c.1915

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Artist
Helen Saunders 1885–1963
Title
Abstract Multicoloured Design
Date c.1915
Medium Gouache, watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 359 x 257 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Miss Ethel M. Saunders in memory of her sister 1963
Reference
T00624

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According to the artist's sister, both 'Abstract Multicoloured Design' and 'Monochrome Abstract Design' were probably made when Saunders was helping Wyndham Lewis to produce decorations for the Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel in 1915. Saunders came from a highly respectable middle-class background in which genteel women did not work, let alone become artists. She was one of two women Vorticists, the other being Jessica Dismorr. Both had joined Lewis at the Rebel Art Centre, where they experienced a degree of resistance to the idea of female members. This caused Lewis some embarrassment as the Centre was actually resourced by the painter Kate Lechmere.

August 2004

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