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 (rĕp′rĭ-zĕn-tā′shə-nəl, -zən-)
Of or relating to representation, especially to realistic graphic representation.

rep′re·sen·ta′tion·al·ism n.
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(ˌrɛprɪzɛnˈteɪʃənəˌlɪzəm) or


1. (Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that in perceptions of objects what is before the mind is not the object but a representation of it. Compare presentationism, naive realism See also barrier of ideas
2. (Art Terms) fine arts the practice or advocacy of attempting to depict objects, scenes, figures, etc, directly as seen
ˌrepresenˌtationalˈistic adj
ˌrepresenˈtationist n, adj
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the practice of creating recognizable figures, objects, and natural forms in art. Cf. Abstractism.
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