figuration figuration  /ˌfɪɡ jə ˈreɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) representing figuratively as by emblem or allegory
  2. (n) decorating with a design


  1. Something about the way they combined simplified figuration with frank tufts of armpit and pubic hair shocked even Paris.
  2. Dozens of painters and sculptors of late have discarded figuration and imagery, and even the brush stroke laden with emotional direction as a means of organizing their art.
  3. They were tumultuous, freely painted scenes adroitly situated along the luscious, porous border between abstraction and figuration.



  1. Robert Storr, a modern art professor at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, describes the Leipzig painters as "artists who are going back to a literal, descriptive figuration and giving it an air of anomie."
    on May 9, 2006 By: Robert Storr Source: Independent

  2. "The Western Picture," says Wall, "is of course a tableau, that independently beautiful depiction and composition that derives from the institutionalisation of perspective and dramatic figuration at the origins of modern western art, with...
    on Dec 14, 2007 By: Jeff Wall Source: Financial Times

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