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Distortion of the face: The Bitter Potion  (c. 1635) by Adriaen Brouwer
Distortion of the face: The Bitter Potion (c. 1635) by Adriaen Brouwer

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Distortion is the alteration of the original shape of an object, image, sound, or waveform.

  1. A misrepresentation of the truth.
    The story he told was a bit of a distortion.
  2. Noise or other artifacts caused in the electronic reproduction of sound or music.
    This recording sounds awful due to the distortion.
  3. An effect used in music, most commonly on guitars in rock or metal.
  4. (optics) an aberration that causes magnification to change over the field of view.


Distortion in art

In the art world, a distortion is any change made by an artist to the size, shape or visual character of a form to express an idea, convey a feeling or enhance visual impact. Often referred to as "abstraction," examples of distortion include "The Weeping Woman" by Picasso and "The Adoration of the Shepherds" by El Greco.

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