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  Kitsch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kitsch appealed to the crass tastes of the newly moneyed Munich bourgeoisie who, like most nouveau riche, thought they could achieve the status they envied in the traditional class of cultural elites by aping, however clumsily, the most apparent features of their cultural habits.
Kitsch was considered aesthetically impoverished and morally dubious, and to have sacrificed aesthetic life to a pantomime of aesthetic life, usually, but not always, in the interest of signalling one's class status.
A painter classified as making kitsch is Margaret Keane, who worked in the 50s and 60s, painting mostly portraits of waif children; but whether her subject was child, adult, or animal, all of her pictures had very large, staring eyes that always directly faced the viewer.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kitsch   (2529 words)

  
 Dictionary.com/Word of the Day Archive/kitsch
A fanatical collector of 1950s atomic kitsch and a talent scoutfor what might best be called "outsider art" and artists, Ms.
The tone isn't always matched, unfortunately, by that of the performances, which can veer toward kitsch and cuteness.
One of his victims has her walls covered with erotic kitsch; awriter and his wife decorate their home as if it were a rejected stage set from "2001."
dictionary.reference.com /wordoftheday/archive/2000/06/21.html   (110 words)

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