This mesmerising, highly finished and vividly coloured portrait drawing is by the leading master of early British modernism, Percy Wyndham Lewis.

Its angular and facetted construction stems from his allegiance to Cubism and Vorticism (of which he was a founder) and its spare linearity the influence of Matisse, Léger and Modigliani. The sitter is notable for the intensity of her gaze, flamboyant turban and sinuously clasped hands.


Reid Gallery,1960; Agnew's, 1960; Benjamin Sonnenberg; Christie's, New York', 2006; Agnew's.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TS
0121 414 7333

Opening times

Weekdays, 10am - 5pm
Weekends, 11am - 5pm

1st January, Good Friday, 24-26th December: Closed.

Exhibitions at Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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