Art

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Vocabulary for IELTS (General) - Lesson 2

Vocabulary for IELTS (General)
artwork
artworknoun

drawings, photographs and pictures that are prepared for publication in a book, magazine, etc.

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auctionnoun

a public sale in which goods or properties are sold to the person who bids higher

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collector
collectornoun

someone who collects things, as a job or hobby

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exhibit
exhibitnoun

a public event in which objects such as paintings, photographs, etc. are shown

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foreground
foregroundnoun

the part of a scene, photograph, etc. that is closest to the observer

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graphics
graphicsnoun

the designs, pictures or drawings that are used in publications

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illustration
illustrationnoun

a picture or drawing in a book, or other publication, particularly one that makes the understanding of something easier

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to inspireverb

to make someone have a specific emotion or feeling, particularly a positive one

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masterpiece
masterpiecenoun

a piece of art created with great skill, which is an artist's best work

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realistic
realisticadjective

depicting things as what they are in real life

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subject matternoun

the theme or topic that a work of art, speech, etc. contains

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self-portraitnoun

a painting of a person that is created by the same person

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to restore
to restoreverb

to repair a work of art, building, etc. so that it is in a good condition again

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canvasnoun

an oil painting done on a canvas

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to depictverb

to represent or show something or someone by a work of art

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impressionismnoun

a movement in painting originated in 19th-century France that uses light and color in a way that gives an impression rather than a detailed representation of the subject

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harmonynoun

a pleasing combination of things in a way that forms a coherent whole

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modelnoun

a person who is employed by an artist to pose for a painting, photograph, etc.

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muralnoun

a large painting done on a wall

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Renaissancenoun

the period between the 14th and 16th centuries in Europe, marked by a rise of interest in Greek and Roman cultures, which is dominant in the art, philosophy, etc. of the times

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sculptornoun

someone who makes works of art by carving or shaping wood, clay, metal, etc. into different forms

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still lifenoun

a painting or drawing, representing objects that do not move, such as flowers, glassware, etc.; an artwork created using this method

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surrealismnoun

a 20th-century style of art and literature in which unrelated events or images are combined in an unusual way to represent the experiences of the mind

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viewpointnoun

an angle or a place which provides a particular view

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symbolismnoun

a late 19th-century style or movement of art that tried to express thoughts and states of mind in strong words and images, called symbols, and avoided detailed representations of the reality

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abstract
abstractadjective

(of a form of art) not depicting things as they are in real life but as what the artist thinks of them

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expressionismnoun

a style and movement of art, music, and literature in the early 20th century that expresses extreme feelings and emotions instead of showing events or objects in a realistic manner

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compositionnoun

the art or the act of writing pieces of music, poetry, etc.

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connoisseurnoun

an expert who can judge the quality of a work of art, a food, a drink, etc.

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minimalismnoun

‌a style of art, music, or design that arose in the 1950s and is associated with simplicity and uses only a limited number of elements

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