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academy board

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An inexpensive board, made of cardboard, used as a surface for oil painting since the early 19th century, primarily for small paintings and sketches. Its cheapness made it particularly...

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camera lucida

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Instrument by which rays of light from an object are refracted by a prism producing an image on paper, thus facilitating an accurate drawing of the object.

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collage

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(Fr., coller: ‘to gum’).

A term applied to a type of picture (and also to the technique used in creating such pictures) in which photographs, news cuttings, and other suitable...

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drawing manual

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An educational publication expounding the drawing methods of a particular drawing-master in a series of illustrated lessons. Such manuals were widely purchased by amateur artists and were...

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easel

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Stand on which a painting is supported while the artist works on it. The oldest representation of an easel is on an Egyptian relief of the Old Kingdom (c.2700–c.2150 bc). Renaissance...

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featherwork

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

Decorative panels made with birds' feathers, they were mainly produced by amateurs in 18th-century England and were often quite large and used as hangings. In the 19th century they were...

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linocut

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A relief print cut in linoleum, similar to woodcut. It was first used early in the 20th century and was taken up by Matisse in the late 1930s, and by Picasso, the majority of whose...

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watercolour

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Term that can, in its broadest sense, be applied to any paint bound with a medium (generally gum arabic) soluble in water. Its use has been widespread and varied over a long period,...

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