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art1 British & World English

The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power

art2 British & World English

Archaic or dialect second person singular present of be.

art English Thesaurus

he studied art

op art British & World English

A form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and colour, or in which conflicting patterns emerge and overlap. Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely are its most famous exponents

op art New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

art using patterns and colour to suggest movement

art car British & World English

A car or other four-wheel motor vehicle decorated as a work of art

pop art British & World English

Art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values

art deco British & World English

The predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colours and used most notably in household objects and in architecture

art film British & World English

A film that is artistic or experimental in its primary intent

art form British & World English

A conventionally established form of artistic composition, such as the novel, sonata, or sonnet

art house British & World English

A cinema which specializes in showing films that are artistic or experimental rather than merely entertaining

art paper British & World English

High-quality paper coated with china clay or a similar substance to give it a smooth surface

art song British & World English

A song written to be sung in recital, typically with piano accompaniment and often set to a poem

black art British & World English

another term for black magic.

body art British & World English

Tattoos or jewellery ornamenting the body and regarded as art

clip art British & World English

Simple pictures and symbols made available for computer users to add to their documents

fine art British & World English

Creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content

Tatum, Art British & World English

(1910–56), American jazz pianist; full name Arthur Tatum. Born with cataracts in both eyes, he was almost completely blind. He became famous in the 1930s for his solo and trio work

art gallery British & World English

A room or building for the display or sale of works of art

art history British & World English

The academic study of the history and development of painting, sculpture, and the other visual arts

art nouveau British & World English

A style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the USA from about 1890 until the First World War and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms

art school British & World English

A college which provides training in art

art student British & World English

A person who is studying to be an artist at a university or other place of higher education

art therapy British & World English

A form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modelling, used as a remedial or diagnostic activity

Blakey, Art British & World English

(1919–90), American jazz drummer, a pioneer of the bebop movement known for his group the Jazz Messengers; full name Arthur Blakey

Carney, Art British & World English

(1918–2003), US actor; full name Arthur William Matthew Carney. Best known for his role as Ed Norton in the 1950s television series The Honeymooners, he also appeared in such movies as Harry and Tonto (1974) and Going in Style (1979)

kinetic art British & World English

A form of art that depends on movement for its effect. The term was coined by Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner in 1920 and is associated with the work of Alexander Calder

optical art British & World English

Another term for op art.

visual art British & World English

Creative art whose products are to be appreciated by sight, such as painting, sculpture, and film-making (as contrasted with literature and music)

art nouveau New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

art style of the early 20th century

abstract art British & World English

Art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures

outsider art British & World English

Art produced by untrained artists, for example children or mentally ill people

commercial art British & World English

Art used in advertising and selling

conceptual art British & World English

Art in which the idea or concept presented by the artist is considered more important than the finished product, if any such exists

objet d'art British & World English

A small decorative or artistic object, typically when regarded as a collectable item

performance art British & World English

An art form that combines visual art with dramatic performance

term of art British & World English

A word or phrase that has a precise, specialized meaning within a particular field or profession

work of art British & World English

A creative product with strong imaginative or aesthetic appeal

environmental art British & World English

The production of artistic works intended to enhance or become part of an urban or other outdoor environment

art for art's sake British & World English

Used to convey the idea that the chief or only aim of a work of art is the self-expression of the individual artist who creates it


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