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Art Appreciation Vocabulary

An art form in which the originating idea and the process by which it is presented take precedence over a tangible product.
A nonrepresentational style of sculpture and painting, usually severely restricted in the use of visual elements and often consisting of simple geometric shapes or masses.
A style of painting introduced in Paris in the early twentieth century, characterized by areas of bright, contrasting color and simplified shapes.
Art movement that originated in Russia at the time of the Soviet Revolution of 1917.
A style of painting that originated in France about 1870. Paintings of casual contemporary subjects were executed outdoors using divided brushstrokes to capture the light and mood of a particular moment and the transitory effects of natural light and color.
The art of ancient Greece and Rome. In particular, the style of Greek art that flourished during the fifth century bce.
An art movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe and the United States. Emphasized curving, expressive lines based on organic shapes of flowers or vegetation.
An art medium in which small pieces of colored glass, stone, or ceramic tile called tesserae are embedded in a background material such as plaster or mortar.
Style of the later phase of ancient Greek art (300-100 bce), characterized by emotion, drama, and interaction of sculptural forms with the surrounding space.
A movement in literature and visual arts that developed in the mid-1920s and remained strong until the mid-1940s; grew out of Dada and automatism.
The representation of subjects in an ideal or perfect state or form.
Art that incorporates actual movement as part of the design.
The broad term that describes emotional art, most often boldly executed and making free use of distortion and symbolic or invented color.
Representational art in which the human form (rather than the natural world) plays a principal role.
Styles of painting, design, and architecture developed from the fifth century ce in the Byzantine Empire of ancient Eastern Europe.