folk art


Definition of folk art

: the traditional decorative or utilitarian art of the people that is often an expression of community life and is distinguished from academic or self-conscious or cosmopolitan expression Along with exhibits showcasing such folk art as quilts, jewelry and toys, visitors learn about the influence of folk art on contemporary art through tours, programs, symposia and art workshops.— Shawn Sell

Examples of folk art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2022 collection draws inspiration from Slovenian folk art and characters from the stories are in the prints. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Accommodations include treehouse rooms and beachfront rooms and suites, decorated with folk art and hardwood furniture. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2022 The atmosphere, like the food Greg and Lindsey serve, is more fun than fancy, with folk art and vintage photos on the walls and a chalkboard menu displaying the daily specials. Bob Carlton |, al, 10 Feb. 2022 By the 1950s in Cleveland, Lichtenstein was painting in a faux-naïve style that blended influences from outsider, or folk art, as well as highfalutin sources such as European modernist painting. Steven Litt, cleveland, 10 Apr. 2022 Los Angeles, known for its rich fine and folk art scenes, is a fitting backdrop for the various paintings — vivid and mystical — supplemented by drawings and photographs of Kahlo’s family. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2022 Instead of souvenir shops, there are stores devoted to traditional crafts and folk art. Sara Clemence, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Dealers from many states offer great Americana, folk art, antiques and vintage heirlooms. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2022 The surrealist Mexican painter, known for her self portraits inspired by Mexican folk art, died in 1954 at age 47, but her legacy lives on. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of folk art

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Folk art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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