Vorticism was a short-lived, but radical movement founded by Wyndham Lewis in London just before the First World War. It proposed an art which responded to the energy of the modern world. In Workshop (1914–15), Lewis celebrates the industrial landscape with angles and diagonal lines.
Although he believed in the potential of modern machines, many of his contemporaries were disillusioned by the mechanized destruction witnessed during the WWI. The artist was unable to revive the movement after the war ended, and this may also have been exacerbated by Lewis’s increasingly extreme views as an early supporter of Adolf Hitler.
Photographed in The Tate Britain, Museum in London.