Glossary

Genre

noun. / ZHänrə /

1). Genre is a category of art like history painting, landscape painting, or confusingly, “genre painting.”

2). Genre paintings are works of art that represent everyday life. They depict interior domestic settings, markets, and street scenes. Jan Vermeer is perhaps the most successful genre painter in art history.


Form

noun and verb. / fôrm /

1). Form is one of the fundamental visual qualities of art. It conveys a sense of volume or three-dimensionality.

2). Formal analysis is a way of studying art devoid of context. It means paying attention to a work of art’s visual and technical qualities.


Fine Art

noun. / fīn ärt /

1). Traditionally, fine art refers to art that is meant to be enjoyed visually or intellectually. The definition has not always included works of “decorative art” or “applied art” but this is changing to include more art by more people engaging with the world in more ways. The definition has also been biased towards so-called “Western art.” This is changing, too, as artists and art historians expand the definition of fine art.


Figurative Art

noun. / ˈfiɡyərədiv ärt /

1). Figurative art is a kind of representational art that focuses on the human body, or figure.


Exposure

noun. / ikˈspōZHər /

1). In photography, exposure refers to the amount of light that reaches a camera sensor or film.

2). In the art world, exposure is how art and artists are made visible to buyers. Exposure is valuable but you can’t pay rent with it.