IDEAL ART. This has been the subject of many philosophical debates over the centuries. The concept is based upon the premise that IDEAL ART does not represent a particular thing, rather the thought of all such things.
ideal art - Art which aims to be the true, eternal reality. In the 18th and 19th centuries, this included some Neoclassical art, which emulated the forms and ideas found in classical art (Greece and Rome).
art of various periods that is based on the artist's conception rather than visual perception, e.g. the art of the High Renaissance, or of 17th-century classicism.
The word orphique had been used by the Symbolists and originated in the Greek myth of Orpheus, who was significant as the ideal artist for the Symbolists.
Realism representational painting which, unlike ideal art, desires to depict forms and images as they really are, without idealizing them Representational Art art which is based on images which can be found in the objective world, or at least in the artist's imagination; i.e.
André Malraux, France's Minister of Culture wanted something unique and decided Chagall would be the ideal artist.
"Energy is eternal delight; and from the earliest times human beings have tried to imprison it in some durable hieroglyphic. It is perhaps the first of all the subjects of art."
Kenneth Clark (1903-1983), English art writer. The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art.
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In addition to pottery, lighting was also an important element that contributed to the ideal Arts and Crafts interior. The copper electric table lamp (1989.129) was the archetypal object crafted by the Dirk Van Erp Studio.
See also: What is the meaning of Movement, Sculpture, Painting, Subject matter, Aesthetic?