A few years ago Camden Town was known chiefly as a place through which ’buses ran to Hampstead and Highgate. But a group of artists now take its name, the reasons why we do not know. Judging by their work they might have hidden their identity quite as well under the name of the Clapham, Hoxton, Kensington Group. There is nothing about the pictures on show at the Carfax Gallery, Bury-street, to associate their painters with any of the places mentioned. Mr. Wyndham Lewis is the one disturbing member of the “group.” His admirers even confess that they do not altogether understand his motives from their presentation. They are inclined to think that he does suggest motion in the “Danse” (25). To the normal vision a falling, wind-driven aeroplane would with far greater consistence describe, in Mr. Lewis’s own terms, the convolutions of a dance. The people in a wrecked aeroplane in descent would assume an appearance of disintegration, as if they were parts of the machine. But the heads in the “Danse” remain rigid and realistic. There is no room for doubt. The cyphers to which we refer are really meant to be human heads. And in this direction lies Mr. Lewis’s way of salvation – that is, if he has any artistic talent. We have greater hope for the intelligence of posterity than to believe that they will find aesthetic or intellectual pleasure in things like the “Danse.” A penny mechanical toy in the hands of a child could be far more potent than the ordered disorder of No. 25 at the Carfax.
How to cite
Author unknown, ‘The Camden Town Group’, in Morning Post, 17 December 1912, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/author-unknown-the-camden-town-group-r1104261, accessed 10 April 2021.