constructivism

[kuh n-struhk-tuh-viz-uh m]

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

Fine Arts. a nonrepresentational style of art developed by a group of Russian artists principally in the early 20th century, characterized chiefly by a severely formal organization of mass, volume, and space, and by the employment of modern industrial materials.Compare suprematism.
Theater. a style of scenic design characterized by abstraction, simplification, and stylization rather than realistic imitation.

Nearby words

  1. constructionist,
  2. constructive,
  3. constructive dismissal,
  4. constructive interference,
  5. constructively,
  6. constructor,
  7. construe,
  8. consubstantial,
  9. consubstantially,
  10. consubstantiate

Origin of constructivism

First recorded in 1920–25; constructive + -ism

Related formscon·struc·tiv·ist, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for constructivism

constructivism

noun

a movement in abstract art evolved in Russia after World War I, primarily by Naum Gabo, which explored the use of movement and machine-age materials in sculpture and had considerable influence on modern art and architecture
philosophy the theory that mathematical entities do not exist independently of our construction of themCompare intuitionism (def. 4), finitism
Derived Formsconstructivist, adjective, noun

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Word Origin and History for constructivism

constructivism

n.

1924, in reference to an abstract artistic movement begun in Russia c.1920, from Russian konstruktivizm. Related: Constructivist (1928).

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