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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

Ian Chilvers

A term employed in the history and criticism of the arts to denote the use of distortion and exaggeration for emotional effect. The term is used in several different ways and can be applied to various art forms. In the pictorial arts, it can be employed in its broadest sense to describe art of any time or place that raises subjective feeling above objective observation, reflecting the state of mind of the artist rather than images that conform to what we see in the external world. The paintings of ... ...

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