American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sentimentality or vulgar, often pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts: "When money tries to buy beauty it tends to purchase a kind of courteous kitsch” ( William H. Gass).
- n. An example or examples of kitsch.
- adj. Of, being, or characterized by kitsch: "The kitsch kitchen ... has aqua-and-white gingham curtains and rubber duck-yellow walls painted in a fried-egg motif” ( Suzanne Cassidy).
- n. Art, decorative objects and other forms of representation of questionable artistic or aesthetic value; a representation that is excessively sentimental, overdone, or vulgar.
- adj. Said especially of art and decor that is considered of questionable aesthetic value; excessively sentimental, overdone or vulgar.
- n. excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste
- From German Kitsch, from dialectal kitschen ("to coat, to smear"), the word and concept were popularized in the 1930's by several critics who opposed it to avant garde art. (Wiktionary)
- German, probably of dialectal origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term kitsch was invented in pre-Hitler Czechoslovakia to describe artifacts created with great technical polish in which everyone was always ridiculously happy or sentimentally sad, but lacking any real emotion.”
“A James Dean type Kirk at sunset looking at the Enterprise - his future destiny - constructed in the desert … that's what I call kitsch!”
“I mean, there is a certain kitsch appeal to that, but not much.”
“The aesthetic that appreciates kitsch is partly ironic, involving a sort of archly detached amusement.”
“The world of kitsch is in a certain measure a heartless world, in which emotion is directed away from its proper target towards sugary stereotypes, permitting us to pay passing tribute to love and sorrow without the trouble of feeling them.”
“A desire for the experience of kitsch is a symptom of insecurity.”
“See the movie first please before making up your minds. jason B kitsch is the best part of friday night lights - and that is saying ALOT, because the show is phenominal. soooo, i was really hapy to hear ha had landed the role.”
“Triumph des Willens in translation or perhaps kitsch is just kitsch?”
“An unabashed and unapologetic pastel artist with an obsessive nature toned in kitsch and pith; Whitfield creates a personal mythology within an art historical context.”
“The kitsch is so thick you'll need a shovel -- cracked me up too hard to pass up.”
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