• Performance art

    Artworks that are created through actions performed by the artist or other participants, which may be live or recorded, spontaneous …
  • Pre-Raphaelite

    The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in London in 1848. They were opposed …
  • Impressionism

    Impressionism developed in France in the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting out of doors and …
  • Land art

    Land art or earth art is art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself into earthworks …

Browse 461 Art Terms

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a Abbaye de Créteil

Established in 1906, the Abbaye de Créteil was a group of French writers, artists and composers who were inspired by …

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b Baroque

Baroque was the dominant style in art and architecture of the seventeenth century, characterized by self-confidence, dynamism and a realistic …

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c C-print

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

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d Dada

Dada was an art movement formed during the First World War in Zurich in negative reaction to the horrors and …

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e Edition

An edition is a copy or replica of a work of art made from a master. It commonly refers to …

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f Fairy painting

Fairy painting is particularly associated with the Victorian period, art that depicts fairies and other subjects from the supernatural

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g Generative art

Generative art is art made using a predetermined system that often includes an element of chance – is usually applied …

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h Hackney Flashers

Hackney Flashers was a women’s arts collective active between 1974 and 1980. Most of the group were photographers and defined …

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i Iconography

The iconography of an artwork is the imagery within it

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j Japonisme

Japonisme is a French term coined in the late nineteenth century to describe the craze for Japanese art and design …

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k Khartoum School

The Khartoum School was a modernist art movement formed in Sudan in 1960 that sought to develop a new visual …

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l Laboratoire Agit’Art

Founded in Dakar in 1974, Laboratoire Agit’Art was a revolutionary and subversive art collective that sought to combine traditional African …

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m Magic realism

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

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n Nabis

Les Nabis were a group of post-impressionist French painters active from 1888–1900 whose work is characterised by flat patches of …

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o Objective abstraction

The term objective abstraction refers to a non-geometric style of abstract art developed by a group of British artists in …

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p Painterly

Painterly refers to the application of paint in a 'loose' or less than controlled manner, resulting in the appearance of …

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r Rayograph

Photographic prints made by laying objects onto photographic paper and exposing it to light

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s Salon

Originally the name of the official art exhibitions organised by the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture (Académie Royale …

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t Tableau

Tableau is used to describe a painting or photograph in which characters are arranged for picturesque or dramatic effect and …

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u Underground art

First used in relation to the cultural phenomenon of the 1960s and early 1970s where groups of artists, writers and …

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v Vanishing point

The point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge

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w War artists

War artists are artists who are commissioned through an official scheme to record the events of war

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y Young British Artists (YBAs)

The label Young British Artists (YBAs) is applied to a loose group of British artists who began to exhibit together …

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z Zero

Group of artists who practised a form of kinetic art using light and motion

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0-9 43 Group

43 Group was a modern art movement formed in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1943 by a group of …