This mesmerising, highly finished and vividly coloured portrait drawing is by the leading master of early British modernism, Percy Wyndham Lewis.
The Artist's Wife, Froanna by Wyndham Lewis, 1940
© Wyndham Lewis and the estate of the late Mrs G A Wyndham Lewis by kind permission of the Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust (a registered charity)
- Pencil & coloured chalks on blue paper
- 48.3 x 31 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,200 ( Total: £25,200)
- Acquired in:
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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