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C-print

A C-print, also known as a C-type print or Chromogenic print, is a photographic print made from a colour negative ...

Cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse)

Cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse) is a collaborative drawing approach first used by surrealist artists to create bizarre and intuitive drawings

Camden Town Group

The Camden Town Group were a British post-impressionist group founded by Walter Sickert in London in 1911

Canvas

Canvas is a strong, woven cloth traditionally used by artists as a support (surface on which to paint)

Capitalist realism

Capitalist realism was a movement formed in Berlin in Germany in 1963 to challenge the dominating influence of American pop ...

Caricature

A caricature is a painting, or more usually drawing, of a person or thing in which the features and form ...

Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square)

Cercle et Carré was an artist group formed in Paris in 1929 which strongly supported new developments in abstract art ...

Chalk

Chalk is a soft powdery white or off-white writing or drawing material in crayon form, generally used on a blackboard ...

Charcoal

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

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro is an Italian term which translates as light-dark, and refers to the balance and pattern of light and shade ...

Círculo y Cuadrado

Círculo y Cuadrado is an artist group formed in Paris in 1929 which strongly supported new developments in abstract art ...

Classicism

The term classicism is used to describe art that makes reference to ancient Greek or Roman style

CoBrA

CoBrA was an artist group formed in 1948 by artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam whose painting style was highly ...

Collage

Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other ...

Collective

Loosely defined, an art collective is a group of artists working together to achieve a common objective

Colour field painting

The term colour field painting is applied to the work of abstract painters working in the 1950s and 1960s characterised ...

Comic strip art

Comic strip art is art that imitates the style, commercial printing techniques and subject matter of comic strips

Community art

Community art is artistic activity that is based in a community setting, characterised by interaction or dialogue with the community ...

Complementary colours

Complementary colours are pairs of colours that contrast with each other more than any other colour, and when placed side-by-side ...

Composition

Composition is the arrangement of elements within a work of art

Conceptual art

Conceptual art is art for which the idea (or concept) behind the work is more important than the finished art ...

Conceptual photography

Conceptual photography is photography that illustrates an idea

Concrete art

Concrete art is abstract art that is entirely free of any basis in observed reality and that has no symbolic ...

Constructionism

Constructionism was an extension of constructivism in Britain from about 1950, with artists using naturally occurring proportional systems and rhythms ...

Constructivism

Constructivism was a particularly austere branch of abstract art founded by Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Rodchenko in Russia around 1915

Contemporary art

The term contemporary art is loosely used to refer to art of the present day and of the relatively recent ...

Conversation piece

A conversation piece is an informal group portrait popular in the eighteenth century, small in scale and showing people – ...

Court

Court painters were artists employed by royal courts to paint portraits of the royal family and their courtiers

Craft

Craft is a form of making which generally produces an object that has a function: such as something you can ...

Creolisation

Originally a Caribbean concept, creolisation describes the mixing together of different people and cultures to become one