Orphism: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ôr'fiz-um), [key]
— n.
  1. the religious or philosophical system of the Orphic school.
  2. (often l.c.) Also calleda short-lived but influential artistic movement of the early 20th century arising from analytic cubism and the work of Robert Delaunay and having as conspicuous characteristics the use of bold color, the dynamic, prismatic juxtaposition and overlapping of nonobjective geometric forms and planes, and a lightness and lyricism dissociated from its cubist origins. Cf.
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