Lewis had a lifelong fascination with the world of the stage. Whether it be the circus, playhouse, ballet or cabaret, the theatricality of these shows tapped into his fascination with the absurdist nature of life, and formed for him a constant source of inspiration in his work. Early in his career he noted the carnival he saw in Brittany was: ‘the fete of the fishing population…beneath the pretexts of “things to be seen,” sideshows, stalls, dances, circuses etc…has for its chief use the gathering together of a vast and odourless concourse of people…that true and ideal societies may be form’d’ (Wyndham Lewis, A Breton Journal, 1908, quoted in Austin/Desmond Fine Art, Wyndham Lewis, Bloomsbury, 1990, p.22). Circus Scene brings together just such a motley crew, from the well-coiffed audience members, to the top of a farcical clown’s head, to the whip wielding ringmaster. Lewis’ vision forms a droll satire, an intense sardonic imagining, encapsulating in one image a lively sense of wit and humour which pervades so much of both his painted and written work.
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