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To save this word, you'll need to log in. The fashionable clothing label Since we borrowed kitsch from German in the s, it has been our word for things in the realm of popular culture that dangle, like car mirror dice, precariously close to tackiness.
Such objects are sometimes appreciated in a knowingly ironic or humorous way. Hence, 'kitsch art' is closely associated with 'sentimental art'. Kitsch is also related to the concept of camp , because of its humorous and ironic nature. Kitsch art may often contain palatable, pleasant and romantic themes and visuals that few would find disagreeable, shocking or otherwise objectionable; it generally attempts to appeal to the human condition and its natural standards of beauty on a superficial level. It may also be quaint or "quirky" without being controversial. To brand visual art as "kitsch" is generally but not exclusively pejorative , as it implies that the work in question is gaudy, or that it serves a solely ornamental and decorative purpose rather than amounting to a work of what may be seen as true artistic merit. However, art deemed kitsch may be enjoyed in an entirely positive and sincere manner. The term is also sometimes applied to music or literature , or indeed any work. As a descriptive term, "kitsch" originated in the art markets of Munich in the s and the s, describing cheap, popular, and marketable pictures and sketches.