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ID number:  BIRBI-2006.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Lewis, Percy Wyndham (1882-1957)
Title / Object name:  A Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 'Froanna'
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  America
Culture:  British
Date made:  1940
Materials:  Pencil and coloured chalks on blue paper
Measurements:  483 x 310 mm
Provenance:  Agnew's, London 1960; Benjamin Sonnenberg, New York; purchased from Agnew's, London, 2006 by the Barber Institute
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This portrait of the artist’s wife Gladys Hoskins (1990-1979), known as Froanna, was made in America where Lewis spent the war years. The artist bought the distinctive blue paper in a drugstore and the unusual support perhaps inspired his use of coloured chalks. With the exception of the ornate turban, the artist restricts himself to bold lines and a few areas of shading. Nonetheless, he captures a sense of strain and intensity in the sitter, enhanced by the lack of a setting. Lewis was one of the leading British avant-garde artists who explored the lessons of continental modernism.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed and dated lower right: Wyndham Lewis/1940

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Wyndham Lewis: Portraits', National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, 03 July 2008 - 19 October 2008; 'Wyndham Lewis, 1882-1957', Fundacion Juan March, Madrid, 05 February 2010 - 06 May 2010

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Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)
Fundacion Juan March

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