GLOSSARY OF ART TERMS

Art Terms Beginning with H

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Art Terms Beginning with H

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HARD EDGE PAINTING

An abstract painting characterised by areas of flat colour with sharp, clear edges.

Hardboard

Stiff board made of compressed and treated wood pulp.

HEIDELBERG SCHOOL

A late 19th century art movement named after the village of Heidelberg in Australia where a small group of artists would go to paint en plein air or outdoors. 

Hieroglyphics

A pictographic communication system, closely associated with the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are stylised, recognisable pictures of the things and ideas represented.

Horizon line

A line that usually shows where land or water converges with the sky and where the vanishing point lies in a perspective drawing.

Hue

A particular gradation of colour; a shade or tint.

HYPER-REALISM

A resurgence of particularly high fidelity realism in sculpture and painting of the early 1970s

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