D. H. Lawrence’s critique of formalism, presented by Clive Bell in Art (1914) or Roger Fry in Cézanne: A Study of His Development (1927), is so remarkable that Lawrence can be said to prefigure postcolonial studies by several decades. In this study, Lawrence’s “Introduction to These Paintings” (1929) is read as a parody of the then-dominant aesthetic theories that proffered “significant form” as a kind of Eurocentric norm. In order to contextualize this piece, I reference Sketches of Etruscan Places (1927) as well as Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928). My discussion expands upon postcolonial studies such as Homi Bhabha’s notion of “cultural difference” and Gayatri Spivak’s concern with subalterns. However, rather than applying postcolonial theories to Lawrence, I would like to conduct a dialogue between them and Lawrence. Thus positioning Lawrence as a fulcrum between modernism and postcolonialism, I hope to redress Lawrence’s current reception— that, although he differs considerably from contemporaneous modernists, his postcolonial attitudes have not been fully discussed—by revealing that the then-dominant formalism is no less than an advocate of significant form as a Eurocentric norm. I also hope to “supplement” postcolonial studies by exploring the ways in which Lawrence discloses what is lacking in this otherwise-useful vantage point, that is, considerations of the alternatives he felt indispensable.