op art

or Op Art


a style of abstract art in which lines, forms, and space are organized in such a way as to provide optical illusions of an ambiguous nature, as alternately advancing and receding squares on a flat surface.

Nearby words

Origin of op art

1960–65; op(tical) art
Also called op, optical art.

Related forms

op-art, adjectiveop artist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for op art

op art

/ (ɒp) /


a style of abstract art chiefly concerned with the exploitation of optical effects such as the illusion of movement

Word Origin for op art

C20: op, short for optical
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