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Academic Art. The term applies to art in a well-established, often realistic, tradition, showing expert command of draughtsmanship and other techniques. In the 19th с the academies of painting became centres of opposition to new movements so that a. a. now generally has the pejorative overtones of 'conservative' and 'unimaginative'.

 
 


Franz Xavier Winterhalter
Portrait of the Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Maids of Honor
1855
oil on canvas
Musee National de Palais de Compiegnie
 

 
 

 

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