Vorticism, a British artistic movement from 1914 to 1915, was inspired by cubism and futurism, emphasising rugged, angular, and machine-like forms.

Vorticist painting merged the cubist approach of breaking reality into fragments with sharp, machine-inspired imagery from urban settings. Essentially, it served as a British counterpart to futurism, although with distinct beliefs. Notably, Lewis held strong opposition to the futurists.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.