Gesamtkunstwerk

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From German Gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork), synthesis of the arts; used by the composer Richard Wagner

Noun[edit]

Gesamtkunstwerk (plural Gesamtkunstwerks)

  1. total artwork; an artistic creation such as an operatic performance that encompasses music, theatre and the visual arts.
    • 1993 January 21, Trip Gabriel, “Acquainted with the Light”, New York Times, New York:
      Andre Emmerich, Mr. Hockney's longtime New York dealer, said: "There's a nice German word, gesamtkunstwerk. It means the entirety is a work of art."
    • 2008 September 14, Juliet Koss, “The Myth of the Gesamtkunstwerk”, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin:
      References to the Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, abound in modernist discourse in the disciplines of art and architectural history ...

Usage notes[edit]

May be spelled in lower case (gesamtkunstwerk) in English.

Translations[edit]


German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gesamt +‎ Kunstwerk

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈzamtˌkʊnstvɛʁk/

Noun[edit]

Gesamtkunstwerk n (plural Gesamtkunstwerke)

  1. Gesamtkunstwerk