About this artwork

During the early 1930s, Wadsworth painted in an abstract style, but moved away from the hard, aggressive forms of his earlier vorticist period to naturalistically-inspired shapes. The rounded forms in this painting seem biological in inspiration. For many modern artists, scientific discoveries of a microscopic, biological nature were as stimulating and as suggestive of modernity as new developments in machinery or industry. Wadsworth was in close contact with developments in the French avant-garde, travelling to France regularly and exhibiting there. On the Continent he was recognised, in the early 1930s, as probably Britain's leading abstract artist.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Composition - Crank and Chain
  • date created:
    1932
  • materials:
    Tempera on board
  • measurements:
    35.70 x 40.70 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mr and Mrs J.H. Macdonell 1960
  • accession number:
    GMA 768
  • gallery:
  • glossary:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Edward Wadsworth

Edward Wadsworth