A short-lived modernist English art movement founded in 1914 by painter Wyndam Lewis (English, 1882-1957), along with poet Ezra Pound (American, 1885-1972), who devised the group's name. To him the vortex represented "the point of maximum energy," which he saw as the essential characteristic of modern life. Vorticism was related to Cubism and Futurism, and like those movements, its momentum was greatly depleted by World War I (1914-1919). While Futurism's imagery typically involved blurred movement, Vorticism's centered on hard edges and angles, as seen in Cubism, here applied to powerful machinery and massive structures.

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  • vorticism — [vôrt′ə siz΄əm] n. [often V ] a movement in English art at the beginning of WWI, involving Wyndham Lewis, Jacob Epstein, and others, and influenced by cubism and futurism vorticist [vôrt′əsist] n., adj …   English World dictionary

  • vorticism — noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Latin vortic , vortex Date: 1914 an English abstract art movement from about 1912 15 embracing cubist and futurist concepts • vorticist noun or adjective, often capitalized …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vorticism — vorticist, n., adj. /vawr teuh siz euhm/, n. (sometimes cap.) a short lived avant garde British art movement that was nurtured by Wyndham Lewis, derived from futurism and cubism, and reached its climax in an exhibition in London in 1915,… …   Universalium

  • Vorticism — [ vɔ:tɪsɪsm] noun a British artistic movement of 1914–15 influenced by cubism and futurism. Derivatives Vorticist noun & adjective Origin from L. vortex, vortic eddy + ist …   English new terms dictionary

  • vorticism — vor·ti·cism …   English syllables

  • vorticism — /ˈvɔtəsɪzəm/ (say vawtuhsizuhm) noun (sometimes upper case) an English modern art movement initiated in 1914 and inspired by cubism and futurism. {Latin vortic , stem of vortex + ism; coined by Ezra Pound, 1885–1972} –vorticist, noun …  

  • vorticism — ˈvȯ(r)d.əˌsizəm noun ( s) Etymology: Latin vortic , vortex + English ism : an offshoot of futurism flourishing in England in the second decade of the 20th century and designed to relate all art forms directly to the machine and modern industrial …   Useful english dictionary

  • BLAST (magazine) — BLAST was the short lived literary magazine of the Vorticist movement in Britain. It had two editions, the first published on 2 July 1914 [It was dated 20th June 1914, but the publication was delayed] [Blasting The Future! Black, Philip Wilson… …   Wikipedia

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