Definitions for terms beginning with the letter I

Claude Monet, 'The Seine at Port-Villez' 1894
Impressionism aimed to capture light, colour and everyday scenes, and is perhaps one of the best known painting movements



Claude Monet
The Seine at Port-Villez 1894
Oil on canvas
Tate glossary definition for iconography: The iconography of an artwork is the imagery within it
Tate glossary definition for identity politics: An anti-authoritarian political and cultural movement that gained prominence in America and Europe the mid-1980s, asking questions about identity, repression, inequality and injustice
Tate glossary definition for Il Novecento Italiano: Italian group formed in 1922 with the aim of reviving the tradition of large format history painting and sculpture in the classical manner
Tate glossary definition for illusionism: Painting that creates the illusion of a real object or scene, or a sculpture where the artist has depicted the figure in such a realistic way that they seem alive
Tate glossary definition for impasto: An area of thick paint, or texture, in a painting
Tate glossary definition for impressionism: Approach to painting scenes of everyday life developed in France in the nineteenth century and based on the practice of painting finished pictures out of doors and spontaneously ‘on the spot’
Tate glossary definition for improvisation: In art, improvisation refers to the act of creating a work of art without pre-planning
Tate glossary definition for Independent Group: Radical group of young artists within the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London
Tate glossary definition for indigenism: A movement in art that originated in Latin America during the 1920s which saw artists fighting against the dominance of European art in favour of making art about their own culture which embraced pre-Columbian art
Tate glossary definition for industrial design: The design of mass-produced, machine-made goods
Tate glossary definition for ink: An ancient writing and drawing medium in liquid or paste form, traditionally black or brown in colour – though it can also contain coloured dyes or pigments
Tate glossary definition for installation art: Mixed-media constructions or assemblages usually designed for a specific place and for a temporary period of time
Tate glossary definition for institutional critique: The act of critiquing an institution as artistic practice, the institution usually being a museum or an art gallery
Tate glossary definition for intaglio: Any form of printmaking in which the image is produced by incising into the printing plate and where it is the incised line or area that holds the ink to create the image
Tate glossary definition for interactive art: Art that relies on the participation of a spectator
Tate glossary definition for international style: Term first used in 1932 to describe architects associated with the modern movement whose designs shared similar visual qualities – being mostly rectilinear, undecorated, asymmetrical and white
Tate glossary definition for internet art: Art that is made on and for the internet
Tate glossary definition for Intimism: French term applied to quiet domestic scenes
Tate glossary definition for art intervention: Art designed specifically to interact with an existing structure or situation, be it another artwork, the audience, an institution or in the public domain
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