figuration

noun
fig·​u·​ra·​tion | \ ˌfi-g(y)ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce figuration (audio) \

Definition of figuration

2 : the act or process of creating or providing a figure
3 : an act or instance of representation in figures and shapes cubism was explained as a synthesis of colored figurations of objects— Janet Flanner
4 : ornamentation of a musical passage by using decorative and usually repetitive figures

Examples of figuration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a showcase of contemporary figuration executed using traditional painting techniques, pay a visit to Riley Holloway’s new exhibition at Erin Cluley Gallery. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Riley Holloway’s paintings offer a unique and personal vision of Americana," 4 Nov. 2020 For the entirety of his nearly 60-year career, the American painter Leon Golub, who died in 2004 at 82, explored the trauma of social violence through often grisly figuration. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 Pearson’s work has explored narrative figuration while in college and the formal and abstract nature of everyday objects, through painting still life, after graduating, according to the release. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Three McDaniel College professors selected for endowed positions: ‘It means a lot’," 23 Sep. 2020 The series blends the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, and as its name suggests, struggle is a central theme. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Jacob Lawrence Painted a Radical History of the American Struggle," 28 Jan. 2020 If Abstract Expressionism moved from figuration to nonobjective abstraction, then Judd et al. were going even further. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Minimized Life," 15 May 2020 With nearly 130 works, this show demonstrates why Mr. Park, at age 38, decisively moved away from abstraction to figuration, and then stuck with painting people for the rest of his life (somewhat scandalizing the on-trend artists of the day). New York Times, "Spring Shows to Keep Art Lovers Busy," 10 Mar. 2020 Also on view are works by the late Abstract Expressionist Philip Guston, who in his later years, became known for delving into figuration and the grotesque. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How L.A. photographer George Rodriguez chronicled every corner of the city," 17 Oct. 2019 Also on view are works by the late Abstract Expressionist Philip Guston, who in his later years, became known for delving into figuration and the grotesque. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How L.A. photographer George Rodriguez chronicled every corner of the city," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of figuration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for figuration

Middle English figuracioun, borrowed from Latin figūrātiōn-, figūrātiō "process of forming, shape, representation," from figūrāre "to shape, make a likeness of, represent" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at figure entry 2

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“Figuration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/figuration. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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