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[vawr-tuh-siz-uh m] /ˈvɔr təˌsɪz əm/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
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, dwindling in influence after World War I.
Origin of vorticism
1910-15; < Latin vortic-, stem of vortex vortex + -ism
Related forms
vorticist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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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
Derived Forms
vorticist, noun
Word Origin
C20: referring to the "vortices" of modern life on which the movement was based
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