Percy Wyndham Lewis (1886-1957) was a English writer and artist, who pioneered Vorticism, which with its feeling of movement sought to reflect the age of industry.
He was noted for the hard and aggressive style of both his writing and his painting. His literary works include the novels Tarr (1918) and The Childermass (1928), the essay Time and Western Man (1927), and autobiographies.
Born off Maine, in his father's yacht, he was educated at the Slade art school and in Paris. On returning to England he pioneered the new spirit of art which his friend Ezra Pound called Vorticism; he also edited Blast, a literary and artistic magazine proclaiming its principles. Of his paintings, his portraits are especially memorable, such as those of Edith Sitwell and T. S. Eliot.
Although he has been assessed by some as a leading spirit of the early 20th century, his support in the 1930s of Fascist principles and Hitler alienated most critics.
Why is Wyndham Lewis famous?
Wyndham Lewis was the co-founder of the Vorticism movement in art.