art·​work | \ ˈärt-ˌwərk How to pronounce artwork (audio) \

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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In recent years, wearables like scarves and jewelry have become especially popular, giving museums the chance to work their artworks and products into people’s everyday lives. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 An important, and decidedly less public, part of Papanikolas’s new job is to help convince local collectors with pieces by artists like Thomas Eakins or John Singer Sargent that SAM is the best final repository for their artworks. Gary Faigin, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Art Museum’s new curator of American art aims to bring creativity to continuity," 16 Oct. 2018 The winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and have their artwork on Google's homepage for a day. Bob Warren,, "Mandeville 4th grader seeks Google fame," 15 May 2018 The carpet is a vintage textile from Lawrence of La Brea, the vintage mid-century lamps on the console are from 1stdibs and the artwork, all belonging to the client, is by Brynn Gelbard and Lisa Donohoe. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Their gel and foaming soap, featuring artwork by four of the organization’s artists, will grace Target shelves across the country starting February 4. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Method Soap Bottles Get a Colorful Makeover Thanks to Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center," 5 Feb. 2019 On display are site-specific artworks by James Balmworth, Oscar Tuazon, and Jose Davila. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Fashion brand Celine launches new store concept in New York City," 22 Feb. 2019 Leaving aside the fake nails and boob implants, with Cardi the artifice is in the artwork. Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Opens Up About Her "Rags to Riches" Cinderella Story," 7 Feb. 2019 Context in artwork is also much easier to absorb with a guide at your side. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 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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