The Artist's Wife, Froanna by Wyndham Lewis

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


Pencil & coloured chalks on blue paper
48.3 x 31 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,200 ( Total: £25,200)
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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.

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Barber Institute of Fine Arts University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, BIRMINGHAM West Midlands B15 2TS 0121 414 7333

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