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Any change made by an artist in the size, position, or general character of forms based on visual perception, when those forms are organized into a pictorial image.

distortion. Condition of being twisted or bent out of shape. In art, distortion is often used as an expressive technique.
dominance. The importance of the emphasis of one aspect in relation to all other aspects of a design.

distortion - the modification and exaggeration of visual qualities to enhance expressive impact.

Distortion of a clay form caused by uneven stresses during shaping, drying or firing. The process of preparing the warp for beaming on the loom, including measuring, establishing the cross, and chaining.
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Distortion causing the material to become smaller or more compacted. Shrinking Examples
A rupture running along the grain of a piece of wood, usually caused by stress. Split Examples ...

Extreme distortion of body characterizes El Greco's last works-for example, the "Adoration of the Shepherds" (Prado Museum, Madrid), painted in 1612-14 for his own burial chapel.

Also see distortion, graffiti, font, fontography, graphic design, ligature, logo, text, type, typeface, and typography.

distort, distortion - To change the way something looks - sometimes deforming or stretching an object or figure out of its normal shape to exaggerate its features - making it more interesting or meaningful.

Study for Distortions; Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space"Map Projections: The Cube, 1978
Agnes Denes (American, born 1931)
Watercolor on graph paper, pen and ink on clear plastic overlay ...

While these distortions are often not immediately obvious they can sometimes produce a general feeling of unease in the viewer, who often doesn't realize why the figures seem at once life-like and inherently two-dimensional.

A distortion of sensory perception, such as a mirage in the desert. Each of the human senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch) can be deceived by illusions, but visual illusions are the most well known.

Distortion - Distortion presupposes a norm or order from which to depart and in representation it must have a recognisable reference to the norm which is distorted for example a distorted circle ...more info ...

expressionism The broad term that describes emotional art, most often boldly executed and making free use of distortion and symbolic or invented color.

FORESHORTENING: the technique of distortion in perspective in order for the subject to appear 3-dimensional
FORM: a three-dimensional shape, such as the human form or an abstract form ...

He accomplishes his aim through distortion, exaggeration, primitivism, and fantasy and through the vivid, jarring, violent, or dynamic application of formal elements.

It is important that it should be reasonably stout; plate glass is best, and it should be of a good quality so that there will be no distortions in the glass to falsify the image created.
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Fauvism The name "wild beasts" was given to the group of early 20th-century French painters because their work was characterized by distortion and violent colors. Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault were leaders of this group.

The term has been described as "marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies"[54] and "marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger: Kafkaesque fantasies of the impassive interrogation, ...

"Learning to appreciate distortion is like learning to appreciate olives and clams." (Old Sculplin Gallery) Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism continued the march of Abstraction into the 20th Century.

The emotional content of images can be powerfully affected by distortions of form and color. Late 19th century antecedents of the Expressionist movements can be seen in the work of Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Vermeer voluntarily imitated a distortion of the camera obscura which cannot be perceived in normal circumstances by the naked eye.

As a matter of fact, there is no mystery about these distortions of nature about which we still hear complaints in discussions on modern art. Everyone who has ever seen a Disney film or a comic strip knows all about it.

A compression artifact is a noticeable distortion of an image or loss of image quality due to lossy compression techniques. Compression is a way to reduce file size by sacrificing image quality.

If there is blurring, distortion or a lot of 'noise', I am forced to interpret certain details, which potentially could deviate from an exact likeness.

A term used to denote the use of distortion and exaggeration for emotional effect, which first surfaced in the art literature of the early twentieth century.

Abstract/Abstraction abstract means the modification of a (usually) natural form by simplification or distortion. Abstraction is the category of such modified images. Also see Non-Objective.

One seeks a proper tone of reverence without awe, feeling without sentimentality, truth without dogma, distortion without anarchy, repetition without cliché.

Emotion is expressed through distortion and exaggeration of colour and shape and surface texture - aiming for maximum emotional impact.

All the colour has undergone an equal distortion and keying up. The terracotta of flowerpots and the rusty red of masts and furled sails become a blazing Indian red: the reflections of the boats, ...

In Mannerist painting, this was expressed mainly through severe distortions of perspective and scale; complex and crowded compositions; strong, sometimes harsh or discordant colors; and elongated figures in exaggerated poses.

expressionism Refers to art that uses emphasis and distortion to communicate emotion. More specifically, it refers to early twentieth century northern European art, especially in Germany c. 1905-25.

He complained of his failure at rendering the human figure, and indeed the great figural works of his last years-such as the Large Bathers(circa 1899-1906, Museum of Art, Philadelphia)-reveal curious distortions that seem to have been dictated by ...

French for, "wild beasts", an early 20th-century group of French painters whose work was characterized by distortion and violent colours; A style 20th-century Parisian painting characterized by areas of bright, ...

Descriptions of it (the color wheel or color solids, for example) are all necessary distortions.

Perspective applied to a single object in an image for a 3-D effect. Often results in distortion, with the long axis appearing to project toward the viewer.
An element of art referring to a shape that is 3-D and appears to have volume.

Abstract - forms which depict the essence of an object through simplification or distortion.
Representational- resembles forms in a manner similar to how the senses perceive them (naturalistic).

The realistic presentation of subject matter in an artwork, along with the elements of art found in it; avoiding distortions, exaggerations, or embellishments. This aesthetic quality is favored by imitationalism.

The depiction of figures, objects or scenes with minimal distortion or stylization. Realist artists depict subjects with objectivity and accuracy, rather than interpretation.

Matisse's concepts of altering and rearranging the parts of the human form helped to change sculpture in the 20th century. In fact, the aesthetic distortion that later sculptors developed further and more systematically, originated with Matisse.

Foreshortening is when an object appears compressed when seen from a particular viewpoint, and the effect of perspective causes distortion. Particularly effective when well rendered on the picture plane to create the illusion of a figure in space.

The characteristics of their work which suggested the name include abstract shapes, brilliant, often clashing colours, and distortions of figurative forms.

The result, particularly in Marxist thought, is a distortion of reality to maintain authority over it. Various applications of this sense of the word can be found in feminist and other types of critical activity, often very politically oriented.

Paintings like this are devices of pure design and color to sensitize and play tricks on the eyes: vibrating color combinations, perspective dislocations, moiré-like patterns, illusory distortions of form caused by alternating positive and negative ...

Artist group active in Dresden, Germany, from 1905 to 1913, and closely associated with the development of Expressionism. The group is associated with an interest in the distortion of reality and expressive use of color to respond to the turmoil of ...

Realism: a style of painting which depicts subject matter (form, color, space) as it appears in actuality or ordinary visual experience without distortion or stylization.
Repetition: a series of repeated elements having similarity.

Realism a style of art in which the subject matter is portrayed as it appears in actuality and without distortion or stylization ...

An early-20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors. It was essentially an expressionist style, characterized by bold distortion of forms and exuberant ...

The methods artists used to emphasis and portray their emotional and subjective response to the objects they were painting were techniques such as the use of distortion, blurring, colour exaggeration and many more.

Mannerism is the name given to the style of followers of Raphael and Michelangelo in Italy from about 1520-1600. It is characterized by artificiality, elegance and the sensuous distortion of the human figure.
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A style that developed in the sixteenth century as a reaction to the classical rationality and balanced harmony of the High Renaissance; characterised by the dramatic use of space and light, exaggerated colour, elongation of figures, and distortions ...

A group of artists, including Matisse. exhibited at the Paris Salon show of 1905 and were nick­named les Fauves or 'the wild beasts' as their works were full of distortion, pure color and frenzied brush­strokes.

Like the Impressionists, Cezanne made no attempt to tell stories with his paintings. Instead he focused on form and mass, often distorting the proportions of his subject matters. Cezanne's use of distortion was a big influence on the Cubist movement.

Some believe Munch had an anxiety attack and The Scream is often compared to the kind of distortions people with depersonalization disorder suffer.

One thing that is not evident in the central photo is the curved surface on which it is painted. Michelangelo's mastery of perspective and forshortening allows the viewer to see the figure at a distance without the distortion that a lesser painter ...

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