A Reading of Ovid (Tyros) by Percy Wyndham Lewis art print
35 x 28 cm art print reproduction of A Reading of Ovid (Tyros) by Percy Wyndham Lewis from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
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.'
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.
Percy Wyndham Lewis (18 November 1882 – 7 March 1957) was an English writer, painter, and critic. Lewis founded the Vorticist movement in 1914, a British hybrid of Cubism and Futurism. His work of this date verged on abstraction.