Manchester Art Gallery

Souvenir of Fiumicino

Edward Wadsworth, 1889 - 1949



Souvenir of Fiumicino

Edward Wadsworth 1889 - 1949

Summary

Surrealistic still life group made up of seafaring equipment (?) placed on a deserted jetty against a flat sea. The still life comprises a tall sloping pole topped by a flat structure of two crossed beams overlaid with two semi-circular beams. Various objects suspended on strings from the ends of the two straight beams, including a string of beads, a large cable reel, a pendulum (?) with a star on the front (compass?) and a metal studded ring. Two sloping benches are on the ground, one directly beneath the central structure, the other in the background to the left. A small isolated sailing boat is on the sea in the background to left.

Display Label

Gallery text panel Tradition and Experiment Early Twentieth-Century Art 1900 - 1939. In Britain, the beginning of the 20th century coincided with the end of the Victorian age. Artists and designers experimented, challenging traditional ways of seeing and making; now trying to create a new art for a modern era. In painting, it was often traditional subject matter such as portraits, landscapes and interiors that would be tackled in new ways. The bustle and the brutality of urban life was an inspiration or something to escape from. Boundaries became increasingly blurred between design and decoration, painting and making and individual expression replaced academic authority. Art was made to be affordable and at a scale that would fit into ordinary homes. Some called the celebration of the modern into question after the horrors of the First World War. Traditional imagery was simplified or became childlike and slowly broke down into fragmented visions. Dream and chance tapped into subconscious anxieties and in 1939, world war intervened once again.


Object Name

Souvenir of Fiumicino

Creators Name

Edward Wadsworth

Date Created

1937

Dimensions

unframed: 61cm x 50.9cm
framed: 78.6cm x 68.6cm

accession number

1943.77

Collection Group

fine art
British
painting

Place of creation

England

Support

linen

Medium

tempera


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