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A short-lived English movement in art and literature that arose in 1914 and was heavily influenced by cubism and futurism.


(Art Movements) an art movement in England initiated in 1913 by Wyndham Lewis combining the techniques of cubism with the concern for the problems of the machine age evinced in futurism
[C20: referring to the "vortices" of modern life on which the movement was based]
ˈvorticist n


an art movement in England in 1914-15 stimulated by Futurism and by the idea that all artistic creation must begin in a state of strong emotion; its products, intended to establish a form characteristic of the industrial age, tend to use angular, machinelike shapes. — Vorticist, n.
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n (Art) → Vortizismus m
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Nonetheless, and despite his distrust of aesthetics, Eliot was happy to take a determined position in the key aesthetic battle of the period during and after the First World War, between Vorticism and Futurism.
Her present research interest is the evolution of Wyndham Lewis's art theory from the birth of Vorticism up to the 1940s, and her current work draws from Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology as the philosophical framework for a re-reading of Lewis's artistic practice.
Stylistic and figurai elements from Vorticism and Cubism may well have influenced other paintings, notably "Christ Receives the Cross" and "St.
The 10 essays in this volume explore the impact on Canadian vorticism in the writings of Lewis, Marshall McLuhan, Sheila Watson, and Wilfred Watson.
Herbert Cohen and the Jewish Educational Aid Society, the order of the day was for experimental styles of Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, and Vorticism.
Facing tradition Pound considered himself a Futurist, and despite all differences between Futurism, Vorticism and Imagism, he stated:
Singer's paintings testify to her great fascination with the visual rhetoric of the historical avant-gardes by reactivating the formal aesthetics of Constructivism, Futurism, and Vorticism and the somber palette of grisaille.
Under the pseudonyms "Emmanuel Morgan" and "Anne Knish," Bynner and Ficke spoofed Imagism and Vorticism in Spectra, the 1916 collection of extravagant parodies that were received in all seriousness as the latest poetic movement.
See Jane Beckett and Deborah Cherry, "Modern women, modern spaces: women, metropolitan culture and Vorticism," in Women artists and modernism, Katy Deepwell, ed.
For Eliot, Ezra Pound and Windham Lewis, the leaders of Vorticism, which is a masculine movement, are the best men of letters in London.
Likewise, Brooke Allen considers it a fiction that is Futurist in form, if not in feeling (320), a pedigree likewise traced by Archie Loss, who dubs it "one of the best examples of Vorticist and Futurist principles in English prose" (158), and by Michael Gorra, who, however, sees its Vorticism as wedded rather to Firbank than to Marinetti (205).
Critics have long seen the connection between these historical events and writing explicitly about war, or in selected avant-garde literary movements--like Vorticism and Futurism--that placed rhetorical violence at the center of their calls to BLAST cultural enemies or to find in art beautiful ideas which kill.