Wyndham Lewis on art

6. To believe that it is necessary for or conducive to art, to “improve” life, for instance—make architecture, dress, ornament, in “better taste,” is absurd.

7. The Art-instinct is permanently primitive.

8. In a chaos of imperfection, discord, etc., it finds the same stimulus as in Nature.

9. The artist of the modern movement is a savage… this enormous, jangling, journalistic, fairy desert of modern life serves him as Nature did more technically primitive man.

Excerpts taken from BLAST 1, Manifesto – – – II edited by Wyndham Lewis


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