Wendt, Lionel


A  portfolio  published and edited by our gallery ,  with 10 photographs  in giclee   is available from  now

limited edition of  25

price is  1.100,=   excl. shipping  and tax.           e-mail:     info@tonpeek.com

port folio   in black linen box    32 x 44 cm

printed index page

foto 1  mat size 31.5 x 44 cm    image size approx. 29 x 21 cm each




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A  new book  LIONEL WENDT ” CEYLON”   is available  from  June 10 th  2017    224  pages 141 photos.   Available  also  in our gallery

info@tonpeek.com      price € 30,=  excluding shipping cost .   ISBN  978-94-90119-49-2

Available Vintage Prints :

boy and column
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
20.2 x 25.2 cm


boy and column
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
19.6 x 25 cm



portrait with turban
c 1939
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
14.4 x 18.4 cm



c 1938
vintage gelatin silverprint
26 x 21 cm


portrait boy
c 1936
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
32.2 x 29.6 cm


vintage silver print  /solarized  1941

c 1939
vintage handcolored gelatin silverprint
35 x 50 cm


young boy in undershirt
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
38 x 27 cm


young boy in undershirt
vintage toned gelatin silverprint



boy in tanga
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
38 x 26 cm


young boy nude
c 1940
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
24 x 15 cm



vintage toned gelatin silverprint
36 x 26 cm


sitting boy
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
36 x 28.4 cm



near the beach (detail)

vintage gelatin silverprint
37 x 26 cm



young man with fishing net
c 1938
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
25 x 30 cm



boy (detail)
c 1936
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
24 x 30.6 cm



sitting young man in sarong
vintage toned gelatin silverprint
30 x 20.2 cm

we have more  vintage prints available



Modernist art photographer Lionel Wendt was born in 1900 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to a prominent family of Dutch and Sinhalese origin. He qualified as a barrister in England in 1924 where he also trained as a classical concert pianist. By 1928 Wendt had abandoned law for music, developing an interest in modern art as well as avant garde music. However, by 1932, while still giving piano concert recitals, Wendt had turned to photography as his major medium of artistic expression. (His father was a judge but also an amateur photographer and had taught his son the craft.) Wendt exhibited his prints in many international photography salons and had several solo exhibitions.

Artistically Wendt was influenced in particular by surrealism and experimented with various techniques and processes, including montage and solarisation. He is principally a figurative artist and even his still-life studies have a human interest character.

Wendt’s  photographs as a regional modernist in the Asia-Pacific region parallels the surrealist ideas of Australian modernist Max Dupain in Sydney during the 1930s and 1940s. Wendt’s image of a classical statue and what appears to be the head of a bodhisattva is similar to works by Dupain in its strange counterpoints of objects. The image, however, also seems to refer to Wendt’s European and Sinhalese heritage.

Wendt died prematurely in 1944. A memorial publication on his photography legacy was published in the 1950s and a relatively small number of his prints survive. Wendt’s negatives were destroyed by an executor. In 1963 the Lionel Wendt Art Centre was established in Colombo. It is dedicated to the performing arts, painting, sculpture and photography

Text  : the National Gallery of Australia 2010  Geal Newton



      Self  portrait c  1940                                                                   Camera club London 1938



      Detail of his desk at his studio  in Colombo  circa 1940s                                    Signature Lionel Wendt




 1938      Camera Club London

 1956      One man show  opening of  the Lionel Wendt Memorial  art centre                                                                 

 1970      Town Hall ,  Colombo,

1994       Lionel  Wendt Memorial centre Colombo, organized by Deutsche bank                             

1996       Camera Works     gallery 706  Colombo

1997-      Paris Photo Fair ,     Ton Peek galerie

1998       Paris photo Fair       Ton Peek galerie

1999       Paris Photo Fair ,     Ton Peek galerie

1999      “Portrait “ Group Show   Laurence Miller Gallery  New York  

1999       Paradise Road  galllery  Colombo.

1999       One man show     Ton Peek  gallery  Utrecht ( see illustration)

2000       A centennial tribute   Lionel Wendt  1900/2000  at Lionel Wendt  Art Centre   Colombo.

2003       Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Japan.     Ceylon by Wendt.  (see invitation)

2013       Unseen pictures by Wendt   one man show .    Ton Peek  Gallery   Utrecht  NL

2014       Gwangju Bienale , south Korea , curated  by Jessica Morgan

2015       Jhaveri gallery  ,     Frieze master  Art fair  London

2017       port- folio   of 10   new printed photographs by Lionel Wendt,  edition ton peek  The netherlands

2017       fashion show ” You can’t take it with you ”   ,  March 3rd   , Paris

2017       Lionel Wendt,   Museum Huis Marseille  Amsterdam  june10 – september 8  2017

2017       Documenta Kassel /Athens ,  april-june   2017


     invitation card ton peek gallery show 1999       invitation card Fukuoka  art Museum 2003


    invitation card  Museum  Huis Marseille 2017



Movies/ Documentaries


Song of Ceylon 1936

Lionel Wendt was the narrator for this film by Basil Wright produced in 1936   

Lionel Wendt – A Sketch   April 2012       

Publications and books

Lionel Wendt´s Ceylon    by  LC van Geyzel , Lincolns/Prager  Publishers Ltd London 1950    120 plates   255 pages    5000 copies.

43 Group , a chronicle of fifty years in the art of Sri Lanka.edition Latana Melbourne  1993  ISBN  0646136089

Cataloque of the exhibition  LWM Centre Colombo  , published by Deutsche Bank 1994 

Love and desire  1999.  Thames and Hudson Ltd    by William A Ewing. Page 191 and 216  ISBN  9076341052

Lionel Wendt ,  A Centennial Tribute , 2000.   The Lionel Wendt Foundation  limited edition of 1000 copies.    ISBN  955/9114/20/0

The Gaze Of  Modernity : Photographs by Lionel Wendt   , Fukuoka Asian art museum   Japan 2003.   64 pages   Cataloque 2003

Stripped Bare . 2004   Publisher :  Hatje Cantz Verlag  Germany.  253 pages Photographs from the collection of Thomas Koerfer , Zurich . ISBN 9783775714990

Hommes pour Hommes   ,  Homoérotisme et homosexualité masculine dans  l´histoire de la photographie depuis 1840.  Pierre Borhan     edition  Les editions des deux Terres 2007  page 129- 147 –  149- 214  ISBN  97828489304

ArtReview Asia no 1  september 2013 .  article:  by Niru Ratman

2017 new book edition   cataloque exhibition Huis Marseille  publisher   FW books



  Fukuoka art museum 2003           book  43 group 1993                   book  lionel wendt’s ceylon 1950


   Centennial tribute 2000               stripped bare 2004                       hommes pour hommes 2007

 Art Review Asia  no 1 september 2013


Exhibition Cataloque  Deutsche bank  august 1994    Colombo    Sri Lanka

fashions how booklet  with 21 photographs by Wendt    March 3rd 2017

Lionel Wendt  Ceylon

ISBN  : 978-94-90119-49-2


The Rijksmuseum  Amsterdam. NL

Manfred Heiting collection USA- NL

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Tate Modern  Bank, London   UK

Thomas Koerfer Collection.  Zurich ,Swiss

Amrita Jhaveri. UK- India

Fukuoka Asian Art museum Fukuoka

Peter Weiermair,  Germany/Austria

Michael Watt  collection  UK

Jo Brunenberg collection.  Weert NL

And many private collections in USA /Europe/ Singapore /India  etc.



 we do have more  vintage prints in stock  from the period 1935-1944.