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Sujet ([ syˈʒɛ ]; French for "subject, subject, subject matter, subject, test subject, test animal ") is an artistically processed subject, i.e. the content, motif or object of a painting, a photograph, a play or a film. Sujet can be used as a synonym for the material of a story or the topic of a lecture. In the fine arts , Sujet often refers to motifs that are taken up again within a genre .

Magazine and newspaper makers occasionally use a subject image or photo when they mean a photo that represents a topic and is suitable for - unspecific - illustration. Subject also means the design of an advertising concept.


  • Zaal Andronikashvili: The creation of the dramatic text: A contribution to the theory of the subject. Erich Schmidt, Berlin 2009
  • Wolf Schmid: "Fable" and "Sujet". In the S. (Ed.): Slavic narrative theory: Russian and Czech approaches. De Gruyter, Berlin 2009, pp. 1-46
  • E. Volek: The terms fable and subject in modern literary studies. On the structure of the narrative structure. In: Poetica. Zeitschrift für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft, Volume 9, No. 2, Munich 1977, pp. 141–166

Web links

Wiktionary: Sujet  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ subject . In: . Retrieved August 19, 2020 .
  2. Duden : "Subject, motif, theme of an [artistic] design") Sujet, das. In: Duden online . Retrieved August 19, 2020 .