Wyndham Lewis

The Crowd

?exhibited 1915

Not on display

Artist
Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957
Medium
Oil paint and graphite on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 2007 x 1537 mm
frame: 2195 x 1740 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964
Reference
T00689

Display caption

Lewis was interested in the behaviour of people in crowds. This painting appears to show groups of stick-like figures being lost within the vast architecture of a city. Two of the figures wave red flags. A third, in the bottom left, waves a tricolour flag. These could be indicating protest or the existence of opposing political groups. This is also suggested by a previous title of the work, Revolution. Lewis painted this work during the second year of the First World War, which could explain his focus on opposition groups.

Gallery label, November 2019

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