Nevinson's Explosion (1916), which opens the exhibition, does precisely this, conveying the magnitude of a trench explosion by rendering it as a sort of Vorticist
gyre, empty of human subjects and of human feeling.
I would not refer here to the details of the querelle between Marinetti's Avant-garde and the Vorticist
movement after the publication of the English Futurist manifesto, Vital English Art, in the June 1914 edition of The Observer, but I would like to quote Pound directly from his lecture Vorticism, delivered in 1914 at the Rebel Art Centre.
Having trained as an engineer in Germany before he became a contemporary of CRW Nevinson and David Bomberg at the Slade School, Wadsworth was a member of the Vorticist
Smoke Screen by Phoebe Mitchell is a lovely blend of purples and mauves in a hypnotic pattern, and Vorticist
The Geometry of Modernism: The Vorticist
Idiom in Lewis, Pound, H.
The text of the essays, creatively typeset by Roettinger, resembles the vorticist
This reviewer might perhaps have chosen William Roberts' Crucifixion with its gathered crowds and its Vorticist
energy and movement with the potential for reflection on the political and social context of the death of Jesus; or the remarkable Deposition by Graham Sutherland where the body has been placed in a lidless tomb under the cross which looks almost like a baptistery with its potential for reflection on the meaning of baptism.
Andrew Graham-Dixon talks to an avid collector of Vorticist
artist David Bomberg's work.
It may be mentioned that natural description also characterises "The Mountain over Aberdare" and "The Rhondda", its vorticist
The elaborate vorticist
comparison of the interaction of words with cones of steel that, when placed in relation, radiate sparks is equated with the power of genius to perceive new relations-a pretty traditional idea-and this perception of relations is justified by the "beauty of the means.
It is a statement the artist--not a Vorticist
but a close associate--would redact after recoiling from the war's horrors.
effect is exaggerated by the striped balustrades, with aluminium panels that are slightly darker than the exterior scrim, and by glimpses of the furthest recesses of light seeping in from above.