Your appreciation is heartwarming, Peter.
Great job CR. Thx!
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Percy Wyndham Lewis
From 1916 to 1918 Lewis served on the Western Front
as a battery officer. He was also commissioned byLord Beaverbrook
and the Canadian War Memorials Fund to paint A Canadian Gun Pit
. However, his most famous war painting is A Battery Shelled
. The art critic of The Daily Express argued: "Wyndham Lewis endeavours to show the war in terms of
energy - Battery Shelled - in which the symbolism dominates, in which men lose their human form in
action; chimneys wave and bend, and the very shells zigzag in lumps and masses across the sky."
The war changed Percy Wyndham Lewis' views on art as a result of his experiences in the First World War
. He told a friend that Vorticism
was only "a little narrow segment of time, on the far side of the war... you have to regard, as far as I am concerned, as a black solid mass, cutting off all that went before it". It has been argued that the "destructive power of a war dominated by terrible mechanical weapons altered Lewis's attitude towards the machine age."
NB - if the link does not operate, please google "percy wyndham lewis paintings" - CR
Thanks, Peter. There are two WW1 paintings done by Percy Wyndham Lewis at this link:
Percy Wyndham Lewis of Vorticist fame, being a Canadian was able to get work as an official war artist for the Can. Archives. He said the battle fields in their fluid formless states taught him how to paint.