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A Art informel

Art informel is a French term describing a swathe of approaches to abstract painting in the 1940s and 1950s which ...

B British impressionism

British impressionism describes the work of artists working in Britain in the late nineteenth-century who were influenced by the ideas ...

C Charcoal

Charcoal is a black crumbly drawing material made of carbon and often used for sketching and under-drawing for paintings, although ...

D Der Blaue Reiter

Der Blaue Reiter was a German expressionist group originating in Munich in 1909

E Electronic media

The most common examples of electronic media are video recordings, audio recordings, slide presentations, CD-ROM and online content

F Fancy picture

Fancy picture refers to a type of eighteenth century painting that depict scenes of everyday life but with elements of ...

G Genres

Genres are types of painting. These were codified in the seventeenth century as (in descending order of importance) history, portrait ...

H Hackney Flashers

Hackney Flashers was a women’s arts collective active between 1974 and 1980. Most of the group were photographers and defined ...

I Il Novecento Italiano

Il Novecento Italiano was an Italian group formed in 1922 with the aim of reviving the tradition of large format ...

J Japonisme

Japonisme is a French term coined in the late nineteenth century to describe the craze for Japanese art and design ...

K Kinaesthetic art

Kinaesthetic art is art that deals with the body in movement

L Landscape

Landscape is one of the principal types or genres of subject in Western art

M Mail art

Mail art is a movement based on the principle of sending small scale works through the postal service

N Neue Wilde

The term Neue Wilde was used in Germany for neo-expressionism, a movement which saw the re-emergence of expressive painting in ...

O Objective abstraction

The term objective abstraction refers to a non-geometric style of abstract art developed by a group of British artists in ...

P Pendant

A pendant picture is one of two pictures designed to hang together as a matching pair

R Rayonism

An early form of abstract art characterised by interacting linear forms derived from rays of light

S Sculpture

Three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing

T The Ancients

The Ancients were a group of artists who formed around the visionary artist and poet William Blake in the last ...

U Useful Art Association

The Useful Art Association was started in New York by the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera and promotes the idea of ...

V Vitrine

A large, glass cabinet used for displaying art objects

W Wood engraving

A printmaking method distinct from woodcut in that the line is incised into the woodblock, rather than the background being ...

Y Young British Artists (YBAs)

The label Young British Artists (YBAs) is applied to a loose group of British artists who began to exhibit together ...

Z Zero

Group of artists who practised a form of kinetic art using light and motion

0–9 43 Group

43 Group was a modern art movement formed in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1943 by a group of ...