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Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:55:54 +0000

 



How to Define Contrast in the Art World

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Contrast art refers to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece of art.



How to Define Art

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There are many things that contribute to the definition of art. Learn more about the best way to answer this complex question.



What Is Artistic Unity?

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A principle of art, Unity occurs when all of the elements of a piece combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole.



Art History Definition: History Painting or...

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History Painting or Sculpture is a category in the old Academic tradition that places this subject matter far above all other subject matter in artmaking. History Painting was considered more important than portraiture, landscapes, still life, and genre painting. This academic system of evaluation no longer holds sway in art schools or art exhibitions.



What Is Balance in Art?

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Balance in art refers to the ways in which the elements (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) of a piece are arranged. A basic principle of art, specifically of design.



What Should You Know About the Elements of Art?

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Knowing the 7 Elements of Art (line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color) allows you to analyze, appreciate, write about, and discuss art.



7 Surprising Facts About the Sistine Chapel...

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Discover the answers to some of the most common questions about Michelangelo's The Sistine Chapel ceiling, one of the world's most famous paintings.



The 3 Most Important Functions of Art

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Learn about the three main functions of art: its personal, social, and physical attributes, as well as the importance of context.



What Is Form in Art?

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Form is one of the seven elements of art. At its most basic, a form is a three-dimensional geometrical figure as opposed to a shape, which is two-dimensional, or flat.



What Does Space Mean in Art?

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An element of art, Space refers to distances or areas around, between or within components of a piece.



How Is Color Defined in Art?

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When artists and art historians define color in art, they are referring to the element that is produced when light, striking an object, is reflected back to the eye.



What Is Abstract Art?

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Learn the definition of abstract art, and find out about both its history and influential practitioners.



10 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Last...

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Facts about Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper,' the famous religious painting located in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy



Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明)...

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Learn more about Akira Toriyama, the Japanese manga artist behind Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Katsushika Hokusai...

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A biographical profile of Hokusai (1760-1849), Japanese painter, printmaker and draftsman.



What is Emphasis in Art?

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Emphasis is a principle of art which occurs any time an element of a piece is given dominance by the artist. Frequently, emphasis is achieved by means of contrast.



How Baroque Art Gained Momentum in the 18th...

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This profile of the Baroque, highlights the art form’s origins, its leading practitioners and its eventual replacement by Rococo.



Explore the World of Pop Art!

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Pop Art was a post WWII reaction to American consumerism. By bridging high and low culture they reflected America's own growing dependence and fascination with mass production and images of celebrities.



How to Really Understand Surrealist Art

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Surrealist artists feasted on the unconscious, the exploration of the dream as a valid form of reality, and a willingness to depict images of perverse sexuality, scatology, decay and violence.



Numbers in Color, 1958–59

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Art History. Page 11.



Art History Definition: Cut-Outs or Découp...

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Cut-outs by Henri Matisse are made of gouache-painted sheets of paper, carved by scissors into representational and imaginery forms. These shapes are first pinned to a colored surface, as the artist directs an assistant about placement and then glued into place once the work is complete. Matisse's cut-outs are not collages.



Art History Quiz: Know Your French Impressionists

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Art History Quiz: Know Your French Impressionists. 8 Artists, 20 Questions.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Willem de Kooning

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A biographical profile of Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Dutch-born American Abstract Expressionist painter.



Realism - Art History 101 Basics

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Realism - Art History 101 Basics



The Easiest Way to Understand Representational...

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What is Representational Art? The word 'representational', when used to describe art, means that the work depicts something easily recognized by most people.



What Is the Definition of Shape in Art?

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Shapes in art are limited to two dimensions: length and width. Geometric shapes have the clear edges. Organic shapes have natural, less well-defined edges.



What Is Texture in Art?

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The definition of texture as an element of art, refers to the way a three-dimensional work actually feels when touched, or the visual 'feel' of a two-dimensional piece



Outline of Art History - Modern Art - Visual...

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Outline of Art History - Modern Art Visual Arts Movements - 1880-1970 After Impressionism proved it only



American Precisionist Painter Charles Demuth

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A biographical profile of Charles Demuth (1883-1935), American Precisionist painter.



Learn About the Life of Michelangelo

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Michelangelo's output was, quite simply, stunning, in quality, quantity and scale. His most famous statues include the 18-foot David (1501-1504) and the Pietà (1499).



What Exactly Is Contemporary Art?

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Great question. Contemporary Art just means art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes. In other words, contemporary to us. Learn more..



Artists in 60 Seconds: J. M. W. Turner

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A biographical profile of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), English Romantic painter.



Was Leonardo a Vegetarian?

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The Story Behind “Christina’s...

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Andrew Wyeth painted this in 1948. His father, N. C. Wyeth, had been killed at a railway crossing just three years earlier, and Andrew's work underwent a significant change after the loss. His palette became muted, his landscapes barren and his figures--if present--seemed plaintive. Christina's World epitomizes these traits.



quadratura

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Quadratura is a term that emerged during the Baroque period to describe a type of ceiling painting (which had been going on for centuries).



symmetry

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Symmetry is what occurs when one side of something balances out or mirrors the other.



What Is Value in Art?

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An element of art, value refers to the visible lightness or darkness of a color. Value is synonymous with luminosity in this context.



Leonardo da Vinci's Flying Machines

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This page from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks reveals his deep interest in the study of flight, and his life-long dream of making flight possible for man.



How Do You Define Modern Art?

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Learn more about what the art world means by Modern Art, which includes works from the nineteenth century's Impressionists to the end of the 1960s.



What You Should Know About the Visual Arts

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What is the definition of Visual Art? The visual arts are those creations we can look at, such as a drawing or a painting, and more.



Elements of Art

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The elements of art are those components that one combines with principles of design to construct art.



What Does Medium Mean in Art?

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In art, Medium refers to the substance the artist uses to create his or her artwork. For example, the medium Michelangelo used to create David was marble.



Walking Man 1, 1960

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Art History. Page 4.



The Basics of Post-Impressionism Art

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Post Impressionist artists' work was inspired by the Impressionist movement,with individual arists pushing different aspects of Impressionism to an extreme.



Definition and Examples of Appropriation Art

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Appropriation art takes images from well-known contexts and puts these images into other contexts, usually paintings, sculpture, collages, combines or installations. Recontextualizing the image adds meaning and associations to the original image (or real thing) as well as completes the meaning of the Appropriation artist's own work.



Artist Birthday: François Boucher

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On September 29, 1703, François Boucher was born. François Boucher (1703-1770), was a prolific French painter associated with the Rococo movement.



watercolor

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: ( noun ) - Watercolor has several meanings. First, it means a pigment that, when mixed with water as



binder

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A binder is the agent in paint that serves - on the molecular level - to make the paint stick to the support.



What's a Line in Art?

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A line is a basic element of art, referring to a continuous mark, made on a surface, by a moving point. A line is long relative to its width. It can define a space, create an outline or pattern, imply movement or texture and allude to mass or volume. Absolutely essential in creating art, the line.



How to Identify Synthetic Cubism

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Synthetic Cubism was invented by Picasso and Braque as they simplified a specific repertory of forms derived from their Analytic Cubism period of 1909/10 to 1912. Synthetic Cubism also incorporated collage and papier colle in Picasso and Braque's work.



The Origins of the Impressionist Art Movement

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Impressionism is a style of painting characterized by short brushstrokes and quickly-painted surfaces. Its best-known practitioners include Claude Monet and Edgar Degas.



Art History Definition: Passage

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The blending of overlapping planes into one another.



Art History 101: What is Cubism?

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Cubism art rebelled against Renaissance one-point perspective and illusionism through an emphasis on geometricity, simultaneity, and passage. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pioneered Cubism's ideas and style.



The First Impressionist Exhibition - 1874

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The first Impressionist exhibition, when the group was given this name, took place in 1874 and included 30 artists and 165 works of art. The idea for this independent exhibition was radical for this time in French art history and its opening day changed the course of art history forever.



papier collé

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Papier collé is a kind of collage composed only of glued papers on a flat surface, usually a canvas or paper, sometimes in combination with depicted images.



What Makes Abstract Expressionism?

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Abstract Expressionism was a movement or artists that began during the 1940s, and incorporated a deeply personal, unrecognizable style of painting.



What Dada Was and Why It Matters

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Learn about Dadaism and Dada Art including the history of this non-art movement and the defining features of Dada Art.



Art History Definition: Action Painting

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Abstract artworks that emphasize the process of or gesture in the creative act through various techniques of application, including dripping, smearing and flinging paint.



Art History Definition: Gestural Abstraction

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Abstract artworks that emphasize the process of or gesture in the creative act through various techniques of application, including dripping, smearing and flinging paint.



Convergence, 1952

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Art History. Page 8.



Artists' Quotes: Pablo Picasso

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Quotes on art, artists, Cubism, painting, and more from Pablo Picasso.



What Was the Renaissance, Really?

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John James Audubon Biography

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Learn more about John James Audubon (1785-1851), an American Naturalist illustrator and author.



Outline of Art History - Contemporary Art -...

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Outline of Art History - Contemporary Art Visual Arts Movements - 1970s-Present 1970 Post-Modernism - 1970s-mid



contrapposto

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An art term which describes one particular pose a sculpture or painting of a human has been given by the artist.



tint

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A tint is a color to which white has been added to make it lighter.



Pietà, original design 1499; Cast replica,...

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Art History.



ignudi

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The Ignudo is the phrase coined by Michelangelo to describe the twenty seated male nudes he incorporated into the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Marcel Duchamp

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A biographical profile of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), French-born American painter, sculptor and conceptual artist.



nonrepresentational art

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An artwork that does not represent or depict a being, place or thing in the natural world.



Fast Facts About the Great Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, was a Spanish painter best known for (co-)inventing Cubism, inspired and invented nearly every art movement in the twentieth century.



The Sower, 1888

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Art History. Page 11.



Mountains and Sea, 1952

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Art History. Page 7.



The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

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The first thing that stands out in The Problem We All Live With is its focal point: the girl. She is slightly to the left of center, but balanced by the large, red splotch on the wall right of center.



impasto

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A painting technique, impasto is a thick application of paint (usually oil) that makes no attempt to look smooth.



The Turbulent Life of Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh lived a short, deeply tormented life, throughout which he sought (in vain) his place in the world. He died, by his own hand, feeling his life was a miserable failure. Unbeknownst to Vincent, the work he did pioneered the Expressionistic style and, 150 years after his birth, his name would be world famous.



Is Mary Magdalene in "The Last Supper"?

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Learn who is at Jesus' right arm in Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, the figure at Jesus' right arm. The figure appears feminine, but is it a woman?



eBay: Before You Bid on "Original" Art

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The Boating Party, 1893-94

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Art History. Page 27.



The Birth of Day III, 1964

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Art History. Page 5.



Explore the High Renaissance in Italy

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When and where was the High Renaissance? And what roles did Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael play in this important period of art history?



Vanity, 1907

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Art History. Page 18.



Birtish Painter Lucian Freud - Brief Biography

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A biographical profile of Lucian Freud (born 1922), German-born British painter.



What Is Rhythm in Art?

2017-03-13T11:55:54Z

Rhythm is a principle of art that's difficult to summarize in words. Assuming that you've picked up on a rhythm in music before, take what you heard with your ears and try to translate that to something you'd see with your eyes. Rhythm, in art, is a visual beat.



Get to Know Andy Warhol

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A biographical profile of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American painter, filmmaker and Pop icon.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Camille Pissarro

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Camille Pissarro was among the founders of Impressionism and exhibited in all eight exhibitions. An anarchist, he lent to the movement a social consciousness about modernity's effects on the country and city.



putti

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Putti are those plump little naked boys with wings that one often sees in Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque and Rococo art.



ready-made

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ready-made. Art History.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Henri Rousseau

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A biographical profile of Henri Rousseau, also known as 'Le Douanier.'



Special Exhibition Review: Hatshepsut: From...

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Through magnificent examples of sculpture, reliefs, exceptionally crafted jewelry, ceremonial objects and those of everyday use, Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh poignantly describes the artistic innovations of Egypt's Early Eighteenth Dynasty. Despite the damnatio memoriae that her unconventional pharaonic images suffered after her death, their resurrection and reassembly by diligent scholars have allowed us to recognize and fully admire the diverse and splendid achievements that marked Hatshepsut's reign.



genre

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Picasso's Lover Emilienne Paquerette Geslot

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Emilienne Paquerette Geslot, known as Paquerette, poses with Picasso and friends with a few photographs taken by Jean Cocteau on August 12, 1916. Picasso seemed to have a relationship with Paquerette during the summer and fall of 1916. She was an actress and model for the high-society courturier Paul Poiret. She married Alexandre-Raymond Barrieu, a cardiologist.



remarque

2017-03-13T11:55:54Z

A remarque is a small, personalized drawing or symbol that an artist adds (near his or her signature) on a print. The presence of a remarque increases the print's value.



List of Impressionists Exhibitions, 1874-1886

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The Impressionists exhibited their work independently of the French Salon from 1874 to 1886. They organized eight exhibitions in seven different locations. They exhibited in their first venue, the photographer Nadar's studio at 35 Boulevard des Capucines, twice. This decision to exhibit outside of the official French Academy was revolutionary and groundbreaking. There first exhibition marked the turning point for art marketing in the modern era.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Roy Lichtenstein

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Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is one of the two most recognized names in Pop Art, best known for his paintings of what appear to be machine-printed comic strips.



bisque

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Bisque, or biscuit ware is unglazed clay that has been fired in a kiln at a low temperature.



Artist Birthday: Caravaggio

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On September 29, 1571, Caravaggio was born. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was an Italian painter whose completely new style ushered in the age of Baroque art.



Color Field Painting: Art History 101 Basics

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Color Field Painting is a branch of Abstract Expressionism that concentrates on colorful shapes and expanses of color which emphasize the literal flatness of the canvas or paper.



thumbnail

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A thumbnail is a tiny sketch, so called because it is typically about the size of an actual adult thumb's nail.



Art History Definition: Abstraction

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An artwork that does not represent or depict a being, place or thing; or a simplified, generalized depiction of a being, place or thing.