Definition of neoclassicism in US English:



  • The revival of a classical style or treatment in art, literature, architecture, or music.

    As an aesthetic and artistic style this originated in Rome in the mid 18th century, combining a reaction against the late baroque and rococo with a new interest in antiquity. In music, the term refers to a return by composers of the early 20th century to the forms and styles of the 17th and 18th centuries, as a reaction against 19th-century romanticism

    • ‘The most usual decorative themes in penwork are neoclassicism, chinoiserie, and floral subjects.’
    • ‘Balanced between neoclassicism and romanticism, the composition appears at once rigidly stable yet inherently fluid.’
    • ‘As befits the theme and Gluck's intentions, the sets and costumes forego the company's usual baroque opulence for the clean lines of neoclassicism.’
    • ‘Moreover, the attenuation of form and decoration over time, evident in the thinner splat, is for some art historians a general principle grounded in studies of Gothic architecture and neoclassicism.’
    • ‘The architecture featured English neoclassicism with high Roman arches covered in delicate carvings.’
    • ‘Since I'd had my fill of postmodernist neoclassicism by the early '90s, Georges's ‘Temple’ paintings seemed rather ham-fisted to me at the time.’
    • ‘On the other, it made Shakespeare translation the prime site of the struggle between French neoclassicism and German Romanticism for cultural hegemony in Europe.’
    • ‘It flourished until the last quarter of the 18th century, when neoclassicism gained pre-eminence in Latin America.’
    • ‘In Marx's account of the neoclassicism of the French Revolution, the costume of neoclassicism was needed to provide a heroic disguise.’
    • ‘Modernism, avant-garde, and neoclassicism, flourished in opposition to the so-called proletarian literature.’
    • ‘Known for his neoclassicism and clean black-and-white aesthetic, Ritts captured a sensual, serene inner beauty that seemed to elevate his subjects to mythic status.’
    • ‘These buildings look north across Prince's Street Gardens to the contrasting world of the Georgian New Town, the embodiment of enlightened neoclassicism.’
    • ‘Just as dodecaphony never followed a monolithic party line, neither did neoclassicism.’
    • ‘Although his work clearly shows their influence, he was able to find his own distinctive voice - in some fashion a combination of expressionism and neoclassicism.’
    • ‘They represent the avant-garde neoclassicism of Paris in the 1770s when Alexander Stroganoff was forming his collection.’
    • ‘As for the work itself, in general, it eschews the straight-ahead neoclassicism of ‘Il Belprato’ for greater psychological penetration.’
    • ‘Pure neoclassicism now lost ground to Italian Renaissance styles, more adaptable to modern uses.’
    • ‘The Greek-style neoclassicism of the building represents the heroic valour of the New Zealand soldier and emphasises the classical tragedy of battles such as at Gallipoli.’
    • ‘In architecture, neoclassicism was the dominant style in Europe during 1750s - 1850s, marked by the imitation of Greco-Roman forms.’
    • ‘His neoclassicism comes essentially from Hindemith, and his idiom sounds a little like Walton because of it.’