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the/an/(one's) artistic style

The distinctive qualities of a particular artist or artistic movement. How would you describe Reubens' artistic style? That painting is clearly in the artistic style of the impressionists.
See also: artistic, style

poetic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it poetic license. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of poetic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want.
2. Changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. The film uses a bit too much poetic license, portraying the warriors as "saviors" of the region, while ignoring the fact that they slaughtered thousands of innocent people.
See also: license, poetic

artistic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it artistic license. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of artistic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want.
2. Changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. The film uses a bit too much artistic license, portraying the warriors as "saviors" of the region, while ignoring the fact that they slaughtered thousands of innocent people.
See also: artistic, license

poetic license

liberties or license of the type taken by artists, especially poets, to violate patterns of rhyme, harmony, structure, etc. I couldn't tell whether he kept making spelling mistakes or if it was just poetic license.
See also: license, poetic

poetic license

Also, artistic license. The liberty taken by a writer or artist in deviating from conventional form or fact to achieve an effect. For example, I've never seen grass or a tree of that color; but that's artistic license. [Late 1700s]
See also: license, poetic

artistic/poetic ˈlicence

(often ironic) the freedom of artists or writers to change facts in order to make a story, painting, etc. more interesting or beautiful: In the book, a fair amount of artistic licence has been taken with the timing of historical events so that they fit with the story.I allowed myself a little poetic licence in describing the table as an antique.
Licence in this idiom means ‘freedom to do or say whatever you want’.
See also: artistic, licence, poetic
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This 75-minute film is stylistically and artistically unique when compared to others in the For the Record series.
Arguing at one point that the two "became their artistically polarized selves largely by means of this fight" (169), she later asserts that in the midst of Jonson's many stage-mockings of other satirists there is but a "curiously interwoven .
Take it from me: Do not attempt to artistically prune these plants.
She was a tremendous influence on me both technically and artistically.
The buildings, designed in a classic mews arrangement by Larsen Shein Ginsberg Snyder Architects are situated around a contemporary greenhouse, a unique feature in New York City, Doors in the back of the greenhouse will open out to a grand terrace and artistically designed green space.
Neither an antiwar documentary, nor an attempt to artistically frame a sociological fad, Shvily's video deliberately collapses a folk aesthetic into contemporary art with great virtuosity, gaining political scope on the back of local tradition.
Beloved producer-for-hire and documentary filmmaker Yvonne Welbon (Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100) may have been named one of Variety's "50 Creatives to Watch" back in 1999, but it's really in the past year that she feels she is surfacing artistically, participating in the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women in preparation to direct her debut feature about a black lesbian Catholic schoolgirl, Stephanie Coleman.
The multicultural urban bohemian flavor of this novel--featuring young people all in the early and sometimes chaotic phases of finding their way artistically and vocationally, while also exploring and understanding his or her own personal and sexual identity--suggests to me, as I read it today, a quiet, well-crafted, more personal literary forerunner of the Broadway musical Rent (itself based on the opera La Boheme).
Instead a happily melded diversity of methodological approaches in the essays yields a new, more inclusive picture of French Renaissance print-making, one which extends chronologically and geographically, not to mention artistically, beyond Fontainebleau; assigns a significant part to woodcut even apart from book illustration; and deftly avoids terminological straight jackets in handling a body of prints that has long been dismissed as falling short of the standard of peintre-graveur, being often poorly printed and by any reasonable definition not "original" prints.
non-commercial) material was generally more successful than less artistically inclined material.
Envisioned to project an attitude and style unlike any other Southern California desert address, Escena Palm Springs artistically captures the mystique of Palm Springs in its heyday, with residences to be designed in the classic Spanish and mid-century modern architecture of historic Palm Springs.
That success, both commercially and artistically, can be traced to the second generation of the 40-year Davies family ownership, youthful Hugh Davies.
He has never strayed from his jazz roots and intentions, but has always continued to grow artistically.
Artistically progressive early in his career (he was among the first to import the techniques of French Impressionism to the US), Hassam became increasingly conservative around the turn of the century, disdaining new art movements (he was outraged by what he saw at the 1913 Armory Show) and their tendency toward progressive politics.
The building's exterior will be covered with a lattice of artistically designed metalwork, according to published reports.