"a fine if improbable fusion of the Vorticist and the Baroque"
Wyndham Lewis (1929)
Public DomainWyndham Lewis (1929) - Credit: George Charles Beresford
Cover of 'BLAST'
Public DomainCover of 'BLAST' - Credit: Wyndham Lewis

 Baroque is the name given to an artistic style which originated in Italy around 1600. It is characterised by opulence and elaborate ornamentation.


Vorticism was a short-lived movement in British art in the early 20th century. The style was characterised by geometric abstract forms.

One of its chief proponents was Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), who edited BLAST, the magazine of the Vorticists. The picture which appears below was painted by Wyndham Lewis in 1914, and is entitled 'Combat No. 2'.

Click here and here to see other examples of Vorticist art by Edward Wadsworth and Helen Saunders.




Combat No. 2 - Wyndham Lewis, 1914