Pool with Trees and Punt

WAG 162


The style of this watercolour is influenced by Paul Cézanne (1839 - 1906), cubism and futurism. Cezanne saw nature in terms of its underlying geometrical structure. Cubism translated objects into disjointed flat planes to convey different points of view at the same time. Futurism emphasised dynamic zigzag patterns to convey restless movement. Edward Wadsworth was one of the earliest British painters to absorb these radical ideas. This watercolour was probably shown at the pioneering Post-Impressionist and Futurist Exhibition in London in 1913. The following year Wadsworth was associated with Vorticism, the British movement inspired by the Futurists.