John Banting

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John Banting (1902–1972) was an English artist and writer.

Born in London and educated at Emanuel School, Banting was initially attracted to vorticism and associated with the Bloomsbury Group, before becoming interested in surrealism in Paris in the 1930s. Moving to Rye, East Sussex in the 1950s he died in Hastings.[1]

His work[edit]

A key aspect of his surrealist work was the continual satire of form and formality. His depictions of women were somewhat misogynistic because the titles of his works objectified them and stripped them of their femininity since they drew attention to their articles of clothing, or to their anatomical abnormalities that had sexual overtones. The content of Banting's drawings featured similar social commentary to the bourgeois stereotypes in the Berlin of George Grosz and Otto Dix where they emphasized the absurdities of the bourgeoisie through caricature. They highlighted those aspects of gluttony and overindulgence and juxtaposed them with impoverished characters. Banting's critique addressed false femininity and, when it combined with upper-middle class standards within the artificiality of high society and his use of emaciated forms, provided commentary on man's inevitable self-destruction.[2]


  1. ^ John Banting – Biography Tate Online
  2. ^ Robinson, Michael. Surrealism (Fulham: Star Fire, 2006), 278.

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