“The year 1948 was water shed year. In it C.K. Chatterton retires and Wendell Jones came to teach with me at Vassar. I moved into the studio on College Avenue. It was our first Summer in Provincetown. There I discovered the Cape dunes.
In 1948 I got the idea for Time Painting. It developed from my long interest in Chinese and Japanese horizontal scrolls which I first saw in the Boston Museum. My Time Paintings differ from the Far Eastern hand scrolls mainly in that I pan them to be seen upright in a frame as a changing picture. I wanted to do something like music in developing visual themes in time as well as in space.”
Many of the Time Paintings have been sold but there is an extensive collection remaining. In developing a Time Painting, Lewis would first make sketches. Then he would develop a small full length scale model, in a small viewing frame. Then he would sketch the scene on canvas. The last step was to paint with watercolor on linen. Lewis designed special frames made out of fine hardwoods. The collection includes many Time Paintings, as well as scale models used in their creation.
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