Wyndham Lewis

The Crowd

?exhibited 1915

In Tate Britain
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 instinctive behaviour of people in crowds. Here, red stick-like figures appear in groups throughout the composition; two wield a red flag while a third waves a tricolour flag, perhaps indicating protest or the existence of opposing political groups. This painting was also shown under the title Revolution. The overall composition appears to show individuals being overshadowed and lost within the vast machinery and architecture of the city.

Gallery label, March 2018

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