Definitions for terms beginning with the letter N

Anselm Kiefer, 'Parsifal III' 1973

Neue Wilden describes the re-emergence of expressive painting in Germany the late 1970s and 1980s

Anselm Kiefer
Parsifal III 1973
Oil and blood on paper on canvas
support: 3007 x 4345 mm
Purchased 1982© Anselm Kiefer

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Tate glossary definition for Nabis: Les Nabis were a group of post-impressionist French painters active from 1888–1900 whose work is characterised by flat patches of colour, bold contours and simplified drawing
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Tate glossary definition for naïve art: Art that is simple, unaffected and unsophisticated – usually specifically refers to art made by artists who have had no formal training in an art school or academy
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Tate glossary definition for Narrative: Narrative art is art that tells a story
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Tate glossary definition for naturalism: A broad movement in the nineteenth century towards representing things closer to the way we see them
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Tate glossary definition for Nazarenes: Group of German artists founded 1809 whose aim was to regenerate German painting by returning to the purity of the early Renaissance
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Tate glossary definition for neo-concrete: The neo-concrete movement was a splinter group of the 1950s Brazilian concrete art movement, calling for a greater sensuality, colour and poetic feeling in concrete art
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Tate glossary definition for neo-dada: Term applied to the work of artists working in the 1950s and 1960s which was reminiscent of the art of the early twentieth century Dada movement
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Tate glossary definition for neo-expressionism: The international phenomenon of a major revival of painting in an expressionist manner in the 1980s
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Tate glossary definition for neo-geo: The term came into use in the early 1980s in America to describe the work of artists whose work criticized the mechanisation and commercialism of the modern world
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Tate glossary definition for neo-impressionism: The name given to the post-impressionist work of Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and their followers who painted using tiny adjacent dabs of primary colour to show light
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Tate glossary definition for neo-plasticism: Term adopted by the Dutch pioneer of abstract art, Piet Mondrian, for his own type of abstract painting which used only horizontal and vertical lines and primary colours
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Tate glossary definition for Neo-Romanticism: Term applied to the imaginative and often quite abstract landscape based painting of Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and others in the late 1930s and 1940s
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Tate glossary definition for neoclassicism: A particularly pure form of classicism that emerged from about 1750
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Tate glossary definition for net art: Art made on and for the internet
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Tate glossary definition for Neue Künstlervereinigung München (NKV): An avant-garde exhibiting society founded in Munich in 1909
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Tate glossary definition for Neue Sachlichkeit: Usually translated as ‘New Objectivity’, Neue Sachlichkeit was a German modern realist movement of the 1920s
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Tate glossary definition for Neue Wilden: Term used in Germany for neo-expressionism, the re-emergence of expressive painting in the late 1970s and 1980s
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Tate glossary definition for new British sculpture: Term applied to the work of young British sculptors in the 1980s who, in reaction to minimal and conceptual art, adopted a more traditional approach to materials, techniques and imagery
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Tate glossary definition for New English Art Club: Founded in London in 1886 as an exhibiting society by artists influenced by impressionism and whose work was rejected by the conservative Royal Academy
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Tate glossary definition for new generation sculpture: Sculpture produced by a group of young British sculptors working in the 1960s, who experimented with materials, forms and colours
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Tate glossary definition for new media: A term used to describe the sophisticated new technologies that have become available to artists since the late 1980s that can enable the digital production and distribution of art
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Tate glossary definition for New Objectivity: English translation of 'Neue Sachlichkeit', a German modern realist movement of the 1920s
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Tate glossary definition for new sculpture: Name applied to the sculptures produced by a group of artists working in the second half of the nineteenth century
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Tate glossary definition for new spirit painting: The resurgence of expressionist painting around 1980
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Tate glossary definition for New York school: The radical art scene that emerged in New York after the Second World War
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Tate glossary definition for Newlyn school: Group of artists who settled in Newlyn and St Ives in the late nineteenth century and whose work is characterised by an impressionistic style and an exploration of rural scenes
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Tate glossary definition for Non-Objective art: Defines a type of abstract art that is usually, but not always, geometric and aims to convey a sense of simplicity and purity
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Tate glossary definition for Norwich school: Important British early nineteenth regional school of landscape painting
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Tate glossary definition for nouveau réalisme: French movement (meaning new realism) which can be seen as a European counterpart to pop art
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