Definitions for terms beginning with the letter F

Giacomo Balla, 'Abstract Speed - The Car has Passed' 1913

Futurist artists such as Balla aimed to capture in art the dynamism, energy and movement of the modern world

Giacomo Balla
Abstract Speed - The Car has Passed 1913
Oil on canvas
support: 502 x 654 mm frame: 552 x 704 x 52 mm
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1970© DACS, 2002

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Tate glossary definition for fairy painting: Particularly associated with the Victorian period, art that depicts fairies and other subjects from the supernatural
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Tate glossary definition for fake: A fake or forgery is a copy of a work of art, or a work of art in the style of a particular artist, produced with the intention to deceive
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Tate glossary definition for fancy picture: Eighteenth century paintings that depict scenes of everyday life but with elements of imagination, invention or storytelling
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Tate glossary definition for fantastic realism: Group of painters working in the late 1950s in Vienna whose work combined the painterly precision of the old masters with an interest in modern art movements and psychoanalysis
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Tate glossary definition for fauvism: Name given to the painting of Matisse, Derain and other artists from their circle from 1905 to about 1910 characterised by strong colours and fierce brushwork
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Tate glossary definition for Federal Art Project: An American government programme to give work to unemployed artists during the Great Depression of the 1930s
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Tate glossary definition for feminist art: Art by women artists made consciously in the light of developments in feminist art theory since about 1970
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Tate glossary definition for figurative art: Any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world and particularly to the human figure
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Tate glossary definition for Fin de Siècle: French phrase applied specifically as a historical term to the end of the nineteenth century and more specifically to decade of 1890s
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Tate glossary definition for Fluxus: An international avant-garde group or collective that was founded and flourished in the1960s but still continues today
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Tate glossary definition for flâneur: French term meaning ‘stroller’ or ‘loafer’ used by nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire to identify an observer of modern urban life
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Tate glossary definition for foreshortening: The treatment of an object or human body in a picture so as to produce an illusion of projection or extension in space
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Tate glossary definition for fogery: Forgery is another word for a fake, and describes a copy of a work of art, or a work of art in the style of a particular artist, produced with the intention to deceive
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Tate glossary definition for form: Can refer to the overall form taken by the work – its physical nature; or within a work of art it can refer to the element of shape among the various elements that make up a work
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Tate glossary definition for formalism: The study of art based solely on an analysis of its form – the way it is made and what it looks like
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Tate glossary definition for format: Format is traditionally used to describe the shape or proportions of the support, for example the canvas, of a painting or other essentially flat work of art such as a relief
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Tate glossary definition for found object: A natural or man-made object (or fragment of an object) found (or sometimes bought) by an artist and kept because of some intrinsic interest the artist sees in it
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Tate glossary definition for fresco: A mural painting technique that involves painting with water-based paint directly onto wet plaster so that the paint becomes an integral part of the plaster
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Tate glossary definition for frottage: A surrealist and ‘automatic’ method of creative production that involves creating a rubbing of a textured surface using a pencil or other drawing material
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Tate glossary definition for futurism: Italian art movement of the early twentieth century that aimed to capture in art the dynamism, energy and movement of the modern world
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