nonrepresentational

adjective

non·​rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion·​al ˌnän-ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shnəl How to pronounce nonrepresentational (audio)
-zən-,
-shə-nᵊl
: nonobjective sense 2
a nonrepresentational sculpture
nonrepresentationalism noun

Example Sentences

nonrepresentational photographs that are really about the play of light on rapidly moving objects
Recent Examples on the Web The blossoms in her new artwork jostle with nonrepresentational imagery, and are often deployed in fanciful ways. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 What is beyond doubt is Graham’s affinity with nonrepresentational art, aimed not at telling a story but at conveying deep emotions and fundamental truths. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2022 Anyone who loves, studies or makes nonrepresentational paintings ought to see this traveling exhibition, and not just for the sheer joy of a gorgeous show full of surprises. Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, 18 Oct. 2022 His immediate artistic forebears, including Jackson Pollock and the other nonrepresentational painters of the 1950s, had already thoroughly upended the notion of painting as a recognizable picture. BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2022 Democrats already labor under the nonrepresentational quality of the U.S. Senate, where, according to a recent analysis by Vox, the 50 Democratic senators represent 41.6 million more people than 50 Republican senators. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Over a half-century of this trio’s nonrepresentational art, things get funkier and funkier. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 Like Howard Mehring before her, Pamela Keravuori makes nonrepresentational pictures that usually lack a central focus. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 Board law requires workers to object formally to their dues being used for nonrepresentational purposes, such as supporting a political candidate. Peter Schaumber, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonrepresentational was in 1923

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“Nonrepresentational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonrepresentational. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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