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Gesamtkunstwerk (Arts)

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Topical headingGesamtkunstwerk (Arts)
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Variant(s)Total work of art
See alsoAesthetics
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Scope noteHere are entered works on creative art that combines various art forms, such as visual, decorative, and performing arts, to create a single cohesive whole.
Found inWork cat: Wates, M. Disorders at the borders, 2021: ECIP t.p. (memories of the Gesamtkunstwerk in the paintings of Anselm Kiefer) galley (the Gesamtkunstwerk, the nineteenth-century concept of a multi-disciplinary artwork associated above all with the 'music-dramas' of Richard Wagner (1813-83))
Art & Architecture Thesaurus, Dec. 29, 2020 (Gesamtkunstwerk; Creative work in which is sought the unification of many art forms, including those from the visual, decorative, and performing arts, into a single total work; hierarchy view: concepts in the arts and humanities-historical, theoretical, and critical concepts-Gesamtkunstwerk)
Britannica online, Dec. 29, 2020: under Opera/Grand opera and beyond/Wagner (Wagner wrote both the music and the librettos of his operas, giving instructions for scenic design, staging, and action, and conducted most of their premieres. His ideal was what he called a Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), meaning a work in which all these elements are united in the service of drama)
Humanities full text, Dec. 29, 2020 (subject: Gesamtkunstwerk (Art) [6 results])
OED, Dec. 29, 2020 (Gesamtkunstwerk, n.; In the aesthetic theory of Richard Wagner (1813-83), an ideal work of art in which drama, music, and other performing arts are integrated and each is subservient to the whole)
Oxford art online, Dec. 29, 2020 (Gesamtkunstwerk [Ger.: complete, unified or total work of art]; Term first used by Richard Wagner in Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft (1849) to describe his concept of a work of art for the stage, based on the ideal of ancient Greek tragedy, to which all the individual arts would contribute under the direction of a single creative mind in order to express one overriding idea)
The Art Story web site, Mar. 11, 2021 (Summary of Gesamtkunstwerk: The German term Gesamtkunstwerk, roughly translates as a "total work of art" and describes an artwork, design, or creative process where different art forms are combined to create a single cohesive whole. Popularized by the composer Richard Wagner ; remaining most popular in Germany and Austria, the concept was developed throughout the 19th and into the early 20th century by a range of European art movements and became a core tenet of modern art. Although it fell out of favor in the post-modern period, the term is still sometimes used today to describe multimedia artworks and installations)
Wikipedia, Dec. 29, 2020 (Gesamtkunstwerk; A Gesamtkunstwerk (German: literally "total artwork", frequently translated as "total work of art", "ideal work of art", "universal artwork", "synthesis of the arts", "comprehensive artwork", or "all-embracing art form") is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so. The term is a German loanword which has come to be accepted in English as a core term in aesthetics; the word has become particularly associated with Richard Wagner's aesthetic ideals)