Magic realism

The term magic realism was invented by German photographer, art historian and art critic Franz Roh in 1925 to describe ...

Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is a New York based photographic co-operative founded in 1947 by four photographers, including Robert Capa and Henri ...

Mail art

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

Mannerist

Mannerist is a sixteenth century style of art and design characterised by artificiality, elegance and sensuous distortion of the human ...

Maquette

A maquette is model for a larger piece of sculpture, created in order to visualise how it might look and ...

Market Photo Workshop

Founded by the documentary photographer David Goldblatt in 1989, Market Photo Workshop was originally set up to support black photographers ...

Matter painting

Matter painting refers to the technique of using thick impasto paint into which other materials such as sand, mud, cement ...

Medium

Medium can refer to both to the type of art (e.g. painting, sculpture, printmaking), as well as the materials ...

Memento mori

A memento mori is an artwork designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the shortness and fragility ...

Merz

Merz is a nonsense word invented by the German dada artist Kurt Schwitters to describe his collage and assemblage works ...

Metal

Metal is a solid, hard, opaque material that has been used by sculptors since ancient times

Metaphysical Art

Metaphysical Art (the translation of the Italian Pittura Metafisica) was an early twentieth century Italian art movement typified by dream-like ...

Mezzotint

Mezzotint is an engraving technique developed in the seventeenth century which allows for the creation of prints with soft gradations ...

Miniature

A miniature is a small painting, usually a portrait

Minimalism

Minimalism is an extreme form of abstract art developed in the USA in the 1960s and typified by artworks composed ...

Minjung art

Minjung art was a South Korean socio-political art movement that emerged in 1980 after the Gwangju Massacre, in which some ...

Mixed media

Mixed media is a term used to describe artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials

Mobile

A mobile is a type of sculpture that is formed of delicate components which are suspended in the air and ...

Modern moral subject

The modern moral subject is a type of painting that was invented by English artist William Hogarth (1697–1764), which ...

Modern realism

The term modern realism is applied to painting or sculpture created since the development of abstraction in modern art but ...

Modernism

Modernism refers to the broad movement in Western arts and literature that gathered pace from around 1850, and is characterised ...

Modular

Modular is a term used particularly in relation to minimalism, referring to a work of art with constituent parts that ...

Mono-ha

Mono-ha (School of Things) was a pioneering art movement that emerged in Tokyo in the mid-1960s whose artists, instead of ...

Monochrome

Monochrome means one colour, so in relation to art, a monochrome artwork is one that includes only one colour

Monoprint

The monoprint is a form of printmaking where the image can only be made once, unlike most printmaking which allows ...

Monotype

A unique image printed from a polished plate, such as glass or metal, which has been painted with a design ...

Montage

A montage is an assembly of images that relate to each other in some way to create a single work ...

Mosaic

A mosaic is a picture made up of small parts which are traditionally tiny tiles made out of terracotta, pieces ...

Motif

A motif is a recurring fragment, theme or pattern that appears in a work of art

Multi-media

The term multi-media describes artworks made from a range of materials and include an electronic element such as audio or ...

Multiple

Multiple refers to a series of identical artworks, usually a signed limited edition made specifically for selling

Mural

A mural is a painting applied directly to a wall usually in a public space