Severe Style

Severe Style

 

a period in ancient Greek art of the first half of the fifth century B.C.. The severe style was characteristic of early classicism. In vase painting, elements of the severe style appeared in the last quarter of the sixth century B.C., when red-figure painting first developed. These elements included monu-mentality of composition and three dimensionality of representation. Sculpture in the severe style was distinguished by an emphasis on simplified renderings of volume; the style marked a departure from the ornamentation of the archaic period.

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Valentin was a sceptic in the severe style of France, and could have no love for priests.
But, any fears the director's poetically severe style might be mitigated by the tony demands of traditionally rooted prestige cinema are allayed in the opening reel, as a stark, stonily beautiful shot of an infant's funeral segues into a combat sequence of bruising, heightened viciousness.
It can be a severe style, but by going for the no make-up look which is the trend of the summer, she softens the style so it's not too overpowering.
I think they went for he most severe style to shock peopleand get attention.
The figure is remarkable for its dynamic posture highlighted by the delicate garment folds that cling to the young man's body and contrast strongly with his almost emotionless expression, which is characteristic of the fifth century's Severe style.
Though she wore severe pantsuits and her hair did not have bouncy curls, the fact that she was going for a less severe style was showing.
The severe style and the plain surfaces in temples such as the Sas-Bahu temple at Nagada, or the Mahavira temple of Sewadi, may have had some resonance in the region's 14th-century Islamic buildings.
The Severe Style is mentioned here as a stylistic progression which flourished under Kosygin among others and gradually achieved recognition in the west as Soviet art moved inevitably, as all art is likely to do, forwards into a personal expressionism, which was devoid of political claptrap.
Amore severe style, it looks best on people who have straighter hair, explains Taylor.
Halle's been seen with longer tresses recently, but I'd love to see her return to her shorter style; it shows how you can still look feminine and gorgeous with such a severe style.
The perfect subject for this severe style was, of course, the fiercely puritanical "Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother," produced in 1871.

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