folk art


Definition of folk art

: the traditional typically anonymous art of usually untrained people

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Their palettes range from saturated reds and yellows to mauves and pastels, with some painters using bold, dynamic strokes reminiscent of folk art and others displaying styles associated with Mughal courts. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India’ Review: Multifaceted Devotion," 16 Feb. 2019 Years ago, an appraiser had come to look and figured the collection might be worth $10 a piece as folk art. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "He Couldn’t Refuse a Deathbed Plea. Now He’s Got 10,000 Pieces of Art.," 24 June 2018 Devil in the details The red painted board, a devil trapped inside a bottle, is folk art by T. Brown. As Told To Patricia R. Olsen, New York Times, "An Office Decorated in Homage to Southern Art," 27 Apr. 2018 The show has 100 exhibitors of fine and affordable antiques, Americana, folk art, fine art, and prints. Laura Fenton, ELLE Decor, "State of the Art Fairs," 18 Jan. 2012 Nevertheless, even after retiring, Shan worked tirelessly to promote pingshu among young Chinese, mentoring apprentices and starting a school dedicated to the folk arts. Amy Qin, The Seattle Times, "Shan Tianfang, a superstar of Chinese storytelling, dies at 83," 17 Sep. 2018 Fun entered the adult world, too, in the form of Braniff Airways’ cozy VIP lounge, decorated with international folk art, and Alcoa’s commissions for portable summer houses, game tables and even haute-couture evening gowns. Ann Landi, WSJ, "What to Give: Books on Design," 15 Nov. 2018 Beige walls bear colorful photos and illustrations of two smiling young men and of Mexican folk art. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s paranormal power couple live with the haunted and cursed," 22 May 2018 Stephanie SchneidermanTia Stephanie ToursMany of her itineraries focus on traditional handmade crafts, textile design, and folk art. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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