Drawing of a sleeping girl described in angular planes. The girl is sleeping on her back, her head resting on a pillow on right of picture with her body extended out to left on a downwards angle. Figure appears fully dressed with dark hair. Inspired by Roger Fry's First Post-Impressionist Exhibition in 1910 and the works of Picasso, Cezanne and Derain in particular, this drawing shows Lewis's early engagement with Continental Modernism. Here he applied a Cubist matrix of intersecting lines and planes to depict his subject. However, he pushed this drawing beyond a study of 'pure form' and instilled it with a sensitivity appropriate for a depiction of his sleeping lover, Olive Johnson.
support: 27.9cm x 38.3cm
Place of creation
Gift of Mr Charles Lambert Rutherston, 1925
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