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Wyndham Lewis the artist : holding the mirror up to politics

Author: Tom Normand
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this study of the artist, writer and polymath Wyndham Lewis, Normand offers a close analysis of the complex world which Lewis's paintings inhabit. The author adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to examine the relationship between Lewis's philosophical and social commentary, his political attitudes and his concerns in the visual arts. Beginning with his early career at the Slade School of Art and his association  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Wyndham Lewis; Wyndham Lewis; Wyndham Lewis; Wyndham Lewis; Wyndham Lewis; Wyndham Lewis; Wyndham Lewis
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Normand
ISBN: 0521410541 9780521410540
OCLC Number: 25026020
Description: xvi, 230 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Responsibility: Tom Normand.
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In this study of the artist, writer and polymath Wyndham Lewis, Normand offers a close analysis of the complex world which Lewis's paintings inhabit. The author adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to examine the relationship between Lewis's philosophical and social commentary, his political attitudes and his concerns in the visual arts. Beginning with his early career at the Slade School of Art and his association with Augustus John, the text traces Lewis's emerging commitment to a 'classical' modernism and goes on to explore the implications of his political associations with Oswald Mosley and British fascism. Without offering a reductivist view of the relationship between art and politics, Normand argues for a close correspondence between Lewis's political affiliations and both the form and content of his painting. Throughout this book, Lewis is shown as an individual who both articulates and reacts against the dominant codes of his age. He provides a clear insight into the nature of the Modern Movement in England and offers a critical assessment of contemporary society and his own culture set. It was undoubtedly these qualities which T.S. Eliot had in mind when he called Lewis 'the most fascinating personality our time'.

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