- An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.
- An artistic work consisting of a medley of pieces taken from various sources.
- Imitate the style of (an artist or work).
“The student’s pastiche was imitative of Frida Kahlo.”
“It was clearly a pastiche, but I still admired the quality of work in the painting.”
“My style is to pastiche from different eras and produce a work that reflects my emotions.”
French, late 19th century
Why this word?
You can’t order it at a restaurant, but “pastiche” has etymological ties to your favorite bowl of carbs. The Latin word “pasta” means “paste,” which turned into “pasticcio” in Italian, and “pastiche” in French. You can turn a floury paste into pasta, or you can paste together artistic styles into a pastiche.
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