incidental element

incidental element

[¦in·sə¦dent·əl ′el·ə·mənt]
(industrial engineering)
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Painting in the strictest sense is used only sporadically, and is often a minimal, almost incidental element.
At the same time, Gong's overwhelming emphasis on the power of governmental policy also denies the possible but less penetrable roles that desires, personal motivations, and incidental elements might play in these cultural productions.
Unlike any other portrait painter that I can think of, Freud mesmerises with pattern and texture as he is constantly fascinating the viewer with the incidental elements of a moment and the potential chaos in life.