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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A school of abstract art characterized by the use of geometric shapes and brilliant colors to create optical illusions, as of motion, and free the art of all but visual associations.

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  • n. A genre of abstract art that uses geometric shapes and vivid colours to create optical illusions, such as an illusion of movement.

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  • n. a style of abstractionism popular in the 1960s; produces dramatic visual effects with colors and contrasts that are difficult for the eye to resolve

Etymologies

op(tical) art.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Short for optical art. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Op art, also known as optical art, is a genre of visual art, especially painting, that makes use of optical illusions. Op art is also known as geometric abstraction and hard-edge abstraction, although the preferred term for it is perceptual abstraction.

    Optical Art is a method of painting concerning the interaction between illusion and picture plane, between understanding and seeing. Op art works are abstract, with many of the better known pieces made in only black and white. When the viewer looks at them, the impression is given of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping."

    _Wikipedia

    January 25, 2008