Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to an art form characterized by stylized but recognizable subject matter.

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  • adj. Not entirely abstract; between abstract and concrete

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  • adj. characterized by stylized but recognizable subject matter

Etymologies

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semi- +‎ abstract

Examples

  • She will have at least two dozen watercolor, acrylic and mixed media works of art on display for sale, including portraits and other paintings in artistic styles that she describes as semiabstract, abstract-symbolism or dreamscape.

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  • A 1951 bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, the British sculptor known for his large-sale, semiabstract human figures, sold for $30.1 million—a record price for the artist—to Cologne-based dealer Alex Lachmann.

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  • When Jesús Soto 1923-2005 arrived in Paris in 1950, on a government scholarship from his native Venezuela, he was a semiabstract landscape painter just getting out from under a big debate among Latin American artists: Should modern art concentrate on leftist social commentary and try to make the continent a better place for ordinary people, or should it go abstract in pursuit of a universal truth and risk devolving into bourgeois escapism?

    Sowing Seeds of Discussion

  • But the 1963 "Le Nozze di Figaro" (VAI 4519), directed by veteran Gustav Rudolf Sellner, with painterly, semiabstract sets by Michael Raffaelli, is a sparkling, tightly woven piece of ensemble playing.

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  • Mr. Bearden (1911-1988) was best known for his semiabstract collages, which echo Cubist influences and are typically comprised of photographs and painted paper.

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  • A semiabstract watercolor of an apple tree, with a small brown H in the bottom corner.

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  • They knew that these semiabstract forms against the opacity of the large monitor were Whiskey 2-2 and not some group of actual goatherders by virtue of the cruciform that kept the camera nailed.

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  • However, her approach to Judaism is perhaps best suggested in two semiabstract sculptures from c.

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  • Her work during the 1930s was composed largely of small semiabstract figures modeled in clay.

    Louise Nevelson.

  • One work in it particularly enraged the mayor: a semiabstract, Africanized image of the Virgin -- surrounded by floating female buttocks and genitals clipped from porn magazines, and embellished with some resin-coated balls of elephant dung.

    Holy Elephant Dung!

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