Closely related to harmony, a principle of design, this term refers to a way of combining elements of art so that the same elements are used over and over again. Thus, a certain color or shape might be used several times in the same picture. Repetition also can contribute to movement and rhythm in a work of art.Quote: "That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art." John A. Locke (1632-1704), English philosopher. Also see boredom, change, movement, and pattern.