Fantasy

DEFINITION

The creative imagination, or what it produces. Art characterized by highly fanciful or supernatural elements. From imagined events or sequences of mental images, such as daydreams to the more psychologically charged delusions and hallucinations. In psychological criticism, fantasy can be either creative or adjustive (i.e., compensatory). Also see fifth dimension.Example: John Anster Fitzgerald (English, 1819-1906), The Fairy's Lake, 1866, oil on board, 15.2 x 203 cm, Tate Gallery, London.Quote: "When I examine myself and my method of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge." Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German scientist. "I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life's realities." Dr. Seuss (pseudonym of Theodore Geisel) (1904-1991), American children's book illustrator and writer. Also see expressionism, fanciful, folk art, grotesque, mystery, oneiric, Surrealism, Symbolism, and ugly.

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