"The vorticists did not have many members; nor did the movement last long, because of unfortunate timing - it formed in 1914 as Europe hurtled towards war. By 1918 there was not much appetite for dogmatic groups such as theirs.
Nevertheless, the group holds an important place in 20th-century British art history.
'They were the first abstract modernist group in Britain,' said Stephens. 'It inevitably comes out of the revolution of cubism, but then, so does everything in the 20th century.'
They were part of a maelstrom of new, aggressive art 'ism' movements, not least the one practised by the Italian futurists, who were, in Lewis's eyes, the bad guys.
Stephens said: 'Unlike the futurists, who celebrate the energy of the machine and actual war as a purging force, the vorticists were engaged in more universal ideas of identity, time and movement in a philosophical sense.'"
(Mark Brown, 13 June 2011, The Guardian)
CHRIS: it's only a matter of knowing of how to shoot a gun.
CHICO: How can you talk like this, your gun has got you everything you have, isn't that true?
VIN: Yeah, sure everything. After a while you call bartenders by their first name - maybe 200 of them, rented rooms you've lived in - maybe 500 of them, meals you eat in hash-houses - maybe 1000, home - none, wife - none, kids... none, prospects - zero. I suppose I left anything out?
CHRIS: Yeah, places you're tied down to - none, people that have a hold over you - none, men you step aside for - none.
LEE: Insults swallowed - none, enemies - none.
CHRIS: No enemies?
CHICO: Well, this is the type of arithmetic I like!
CHRIS: Yes, so did I at your age.
John Sturges, (1960). 'The Magnificent Seven'
[Chris Adams (Yul Brynner), Vin (Steve McQueen) and Lee (Robert Vaughn) explain to Chico (Horst Buchholz) that living as a gunslinger is a lot less romantic than he had thought.]