Definition of Vorticist in English:



  • A member of a British artistic movement of 1914–15 influenced by cubism and futurism and favouring harsh, angular, machine-like forms.

    • ‘Instead he gives prominence to the Italian Futurists and Vorticists who, he argues, ‘relished the aesthetics of total war.’’
    • ‘Cravan's activity, in fact, seems to bear within it the seeds of a number of movements, including the Dadaists, Futurists and Vorticists.’
    • ‘The Vorticists demanded that the artist should celebrate the dynamic spirit of the modern machine age, while recognizing, unlike the Futurists, the darker side of the industrial world.’
    • ‘But who today would spend a lot of time reading Wyndham Lewis, a leader of the Vorticists and, in 1914 and 1915, editor of the short-lived but significantly named Blast?’
    • ‘The vorticists imagined themselves in opposition to these groups, as a movement calculated to shock the British public and to reject the long tradition of the bourgeois academic art that these groups represented.’
    • ‘The Vorticists held only one exhibition, at the Doré Gallery, London, in June 1915.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, in both countries, artists were recruited to aid this work, and Cubists and Vorticists found larger canvases on which to paint.’
    • ‘Pound revolutionized poetry in the early twentieth century, befriending William Butler Yeats and Ford Maddox Ford; helping to found the Imagist and Vorticist movements; and sponsoring the work of then unknowns such as H.D.’
    • ‘The Futurists and Vorticists called for a ‘strong, virile and anti-sentimental’ art that faced up to the modern mechanized world.’
    • ‘I've been interested for a long time in the ideas behind the Italian Futurist movement and the short-lived Vorticist movement that was inspired by it.’
    • ‘Most studies of the vorticists and their promotional tactics tend to see the vorticists ' engagement with promotional culture as a tactic derived from their association with (and subsequent dissociation from) Italian futurism.’
    • ‘At first glance, her paintings might seem to summon an ancestry in Vasarely or Albers, or to regress even further and look back to Bomberg and the Vorticists.’
    • ‘This fantasy must have appealed to the vorticists, particularly since it threatened to subvert what Blast disdained as England's ‘thrilling ascendancy and idée fixe of Class, producing the most intense snobbery in the World’.’
    • ‘He spent most of his life in Bloomsbury, where he was on friendly terms with many of the Bloomsbury Group and the Vorticists.’
    • ‘The black-and-white patterns suggest heraldic symbolism, Vorticist explosions and the imagery and interpenetrating spaces of Inuit designs.’
    • ‘Much of the frisson we associate with Vorticist polemics, for instance, is generated by the clash of these dual, but not entirely compatible, aims.’
    • ‘After 1917, Pound's lyric production, most of it translation or adaption, whether of the Noh drama, Cavalcanti, Confucius, or Sophocles, oddly becomes less rather than more imagistic, Vorticist, or ideogrammatic.’


From Latin vortex, vortic- ‘eddy’ + -ist.