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Vorticist Landscape: Forest Scene, Lewes, Sussex

The son of a Yorkshire weaver, Wadsworth traveled to Munich, where he developed an interest in painting. He continued his studies at the Slade School of Art in London from 1910 until 1912. This drawing was completed shortly thereafter, when he joined the Vorticists. Created by Wyndham Lewis, the group included artists, designers, and writers, most notably the poet Ezra Pound. The first English art movement committed to abstraction, Vorticism combined the broken forms of Cubism with the industrialism and energetic lines of Italian Futurism. Although the Vorticists mounted only one exhibition and published their Blast journal only twice, they reflect a uniquely British take on modernism. Wadsworth’s image is, however, unusual for the Vorticists in its focus on a rural natural subject without the presence of the worker.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection also includes two Vorticist prints by Wadsworth (Eskenazi Museum of Art 82.62.1 and 84.4.1).

Edward Wadsworth
English, 1889–1949
Vorticist Landscape: Forest Scene, Lewes, Sussex
1912–13
Watercolor and gouache on paper
Image/sheet: 12 9/16 x 15 3/8 in. (31.9 cm x 39.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 84.8