A term applied to bulging, swollen or bulb-shaped forms and objects. One of the earliest known renderings of the human figure, the Venus of Willendorf, is one of the most often cited examples. Artists from Peter Paul Rubens to Pablo Picasso and Fernando Botero have since experimented with hyper-rounded figures. Abstracted bulbous shapes as in the sculptures of Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi have also paved the way for a preponderance such forms in contemporary design, from the likes of Maarten de Ceulaer and the Haas Brothers.

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