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An aggressive literary and artistic movement that flourished 1912–15; it attacked the sentimentality of 19th‐cent. art and celebrated violence, energy, and the machine. The Vorticists, dominated by W. Lewis, included Pound, Gaudier‐Brzeska, the painters C. R. Nevinson and Edward Wadsworth; they were associated with T. E. Hulme, F. M. Ford, and the sculptor Jacob Epstein. In the visual arts this revolutionary fervour was expressed in abstract compositions of bold lines, sharp angles, and planes. Blast: the Review of the Great English Vortex (1914), edited by Lewis, was an ambitious attempt to establish in England a magazine dedicated to the modern movement and to draw together artists and writers of the avant‐garde. Its long lists of the blasted and blessed, its mixture of flippancy and rhetoric, and its provocative title and typography were designed to jolt the English out of their complacent insularity.

Subjects: Art — Literature.


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