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A British artistic and literary movement (its members included Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot) founded in 1914 by Wyndham Lewis, editor of Blast magazine. Vorticism was viewed by Lewis as an independent alternative to Cubism, Expressionism, and Futurism. The term was defined by Pound, Lewis's co-contributor to Blast, as follows: 'the vortex is the point of maximum energy. It represents, in mechanics, the greatest energy.

Text source: The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms (2nd Edition) by Michael Clarke

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