ONE of the Durban Art Gallery’s most prized paintings has been included in a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Artist-writer Wyndham Lewis’s portrait of TS Eliot, who would later be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1948, was at the centre of a media rumpus in the UK after it was unanimously rejected by the Summer Exhibition Selection Committee in 1938.
The artwork is now widely recognized as one of the finest British portraits of the 20th century. The masterpiece was astutely acquired by the Durban gallery a few months into World War II, in December 1939. …Read More
Pictured: Director of the Durban Art Gallery, Dr Mduduzi Xakaza | Peter Upfold