Glossary of terms and artists

This glossary has a list of useful terms to know when thinking about art. It also displays all the artists we have looked at in the course.

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Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali is a famous Spanish surrealist artist who dealt with themes of time and space. Many of his images are very dreamlike and surreal. Well known works include:
The Persistence of Memory, 1931
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening, 1944


Sculpture is the process of creating a 3D by carving a material into a shape. Stone, metal, clay, and wood are materials used for sculpting.


Symbolism is a movement where artists used symbols to create meaning in their works. Sometimes the meaning intended by the artist is unknown and we have to interpret the meanings ourselves. Some Symbolist painters include:
Gustave Moreau
Gustav Klimt
Odilon Redon
Jan van Eyck