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  • n. A genre of art (or literature) involving the depiction of quiet, domestic scenes, usually of domestic interiors


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  • And set to look back over the whole is to feel that in one case only has she really achieved that perfection of intimism which is her proper goal.


  • It is one of those foreign feathers, like intimism, intimity, femininity, distinction and distinguished (the last pair now banalities if anything was ever banal; so do extremes meet), in which writers of literary criticism love to parade, and which ordinary persons should do their best to pluck from them, protesting when there is a chance, and at all times refusing the compliment of imitation.



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  • "(Is this intimism civilizing if Klimt limns it, if Liszt lilts it?)"

    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 58

    May 22, 2010

  • According to the Tate: "Originally, a French term applied to the quiet domestic scenes of Bonnard and Vuillard. Since applied widely to any painting of such subject matter. An outstanding example is Gwen John."

    May 22, 2010