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vorticism British art movement. Derived from cubism and Italian futurism, it originated (1913) with Wyndham Lewis' attempt to express the spirit of the time in harsh angular forms derived from machinery. David Bomberg, Ezra Loomis Pound, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, and Jacob Epstein were also members of the movement. The term was coined by Ezra Pound.

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vorticism principles of a school of painting originating in 1913 among some members of ‘the London Group’. XX. f. L. vortex, -ic- VORTEX, taken in the sense of the artist's conception of relations in the universe; see -ISM.