art·​work | \ ˈärt-ˌwərk \

Definition of artwork

1a : an artistic production an 8-foot metal artwork
b : artistic work artwork being sold on the sidewalk
b : material (such as a drawing or photograph) prepared for reproduction in printed matter

Examples of artwork in a Sentence

A local painter was selling her artwork on the street. The walls of the restaurant are decorated in original artwork. Some of the children's artwork was hanging on the refrigerator. The museum recently recovered two stolen artworks.
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Coppola spent decades visiting, drawing, and researching the tile, terracotta, and faience artworks that give NYC commuters a daily dose of art. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Understanding which species might grow and feed on different areas of a painting can help museums preserve artwork against the ravages of time and microbiology. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes," 11 Dec. 2018 The removal process is also easy, with Dani noting that INKED artwork disappears after two weeks. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Inked by Dani Launched Temporary Versions of Celebrity Tattoos," 29 Nov. 2018 Made some headway tonight on artwork for the upcoming Tarot collection for @katvondbeauty! Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Kat Von D Just Teased a New Tarot Makeup Collection on Instagram," 26 Sep. 2018 But that did little to placate those who want the artwork removed. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "‘McJesus’ sculpture sparks outrage among Israel’s Christians," 14 Jan. 2019 The sense of place this creates around the works is as eloquent as the artworks themselves in convincing us to encounter the island’s culture on its own terms. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka’ Review: Reclaiming a Country’s Creative History," 1 Jan. 2019 Design details throughout—from the artwork to the stitching of the upholstery—celebrate the city’s famed automobile-racing culture. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018 Designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids, the kids' looks incorporated the Mark Bradford artwork included in the Order of Service. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eugenie & Jack's Bridesmaids and Pageboys Wore Less Traditional Looks Than Meghan & Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of artwork

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of artwork was in 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of artwork

: a painting, sculpture, photograph, etc., that is created to be beautiful or to express an important idea or feeling : an artistic work
: drawings, photographs, etc., that are included in books, magazines, and other printed materials

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