Depression Era Art:Glossary
Cast of Characters
Depression Era Art
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Modern Sensibility
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Double Exposure
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Matter of Style
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abstract [adj]   in an art style that uses geometric shapes or forms that do not represent objects as they appear in nature, and arranges them for their own sake to create meaning
lithograph [n]   a print made by the method in which the artist draws on a specially treated flat stone with a grease pencil; ink sticks to the grease; and the paper is then pressed onto the stone to print an image
modernist [adj]   in an art style by an artist who breaks with past artistic traditions and searches for new forms of expression 
1913 Armory Show [n]   the International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York (and later Chicago and Boston), showing the work of 25 American and European artists. The exhibit was organized organized to show the American people new ideas in art. 
nostalgia [n]   a feeling of remembering the past as a happy time
picture plane  [n]   the front 'wall' of a painted picture, which is actually the surface of the canvas or paper itself 
realistic [adj]   representing (drawing, painting, or sculpting) an object the way it looks in nature 
regionalist [adj]   in a style like that made by painters in the 1930s Midwestern United States; they painted rural scenes and subjects celebrating small-town America
surrealistic [adj]   made in the style in which the artist creates images from dreams and thoughts that pop into their minds to suggest a new way of looking at things
woodcut [n]   a print made from a wood block into which an artist carves an image with chisels; ink is applied to the uncut surface area and printed onto paper 


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