Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Andrzej Gasiorek (University of Birmingham)
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Vorticism has proved difficult to define, has been misunderstood, and has provoked much controversy. Seen by most critics as the first British artistic avant-garde movement, it flared briefly in the years 1914-15 before effectively being snuffed out by the First World War, although several painters associated with it continued to work along Vorticist lines. The years immediately preceding the First World War saw the emergence in continental Europe of a number of advanced movements and styles that transformed the world of art. London exhibitions such as

Manet and the Post-Impressionists


An Exhibition of Pictures by Paul C├ęzanne and Paul Gauguin


Paintings by the Italian Futurist Artists

(1912), the

Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition

(1912), and

Post-Impressionists and

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Citation: Gasiorek, Andrzej. "Vorticism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 June 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1175, accessed 19 June 2024.]

1175 Vorticism 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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