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A Reading of Ovid (Tyros)
© Wyndham Lewis and the estate of the late Mrs G A Wyndham Lewis by kind permission of the Wyndham Lewis Memorial trust (a registered charity)

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A Reading of Ovid (Tyros) 1920 - 1921

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This is the largest and most important of Lewis's satirical 'Tyros' paintings. 'Tyro' means a novice or beginner, but Lewis expanded on this definition, calling him 'a new type of human animal like Harlequin or Punchinello...The Tyro is raw and underdeveloped; his vitality is immense, but purposeless, and hence sometimes malignant.' Lewis was often critical of his artistic contemporaries. He described the 'Tyros' series of paintings as a challenge to the 'Arts-for-Arts-sake dilettantism' that he saw in French painting and in the work of the English Bloomsbury group, such as Duncan Grant.

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Bloomsbury Group

An early 20th-century group of artists and writers named after the Bloomsbury area of London where many members lived. Members included Virginia Woolf, Clive and Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The group did much to promote Post-Impressionist art in Britain.

Bloomsbury Group


  • Acc. No. GMA 1685
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 165.20 x 90.20 cm (framed: 181.30 x 106.70 x 6.40 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1977