from The Century Dictionary.

  • Noting a revival of antique Greek style, types, or motives, in art or literature; specifically, noting a style in French architecture introduced in the reign of Louis Philippe (1830–48), by the architects Duc, Duban, Labrouste, and others, characterized by a free and modern rendering of essentially Greek motives. The leading examples are the tomb of Napoleon at the Invalides by Visconti, the Palais de Justice by Duc, the Bibliothèque Ste. Geneviève by Labrouste, and the École des Beaux Arts by Duban. The Opera by Garnier conforms generally to the neo-Greek style.
  • noun The language of modern Greece in its various dialects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A member of a body of French painters (F. les néo-Grecs) of the middle 19th century. The term is rather one applied by outsiders to certain artists of grave and refined style, such as Hamon and Aubert, than a name adopted by the artists themselves.


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