a : resembling a picture : suggesting a painted scene
b : charming or quaint in appearance
: evoking mental images : vivid
— pic·tur·esque·ly adverb
— pic·tur·esque·ness noun
Examples of PICTURESQUE
- The view of the mountains was very picturesque.
- <wrote a picturesque tale of their journey across the country>
Origin of PICTURESQUE
French & Italian; French pittoresque,
from Italian pittoresco,
painter, from Latin pictor,
First Known Use: 1703
Rhymes with PICTURESQUE
picturesque adjective (Concise Encyclopedia)
Artistic concept and style of the late 18th and early 19th century characterized by a preoccupation with architecture and landscape in pictorial combination with each other. In Britain, the picturesque was defined as an aesthetic quality marked by pleasing variety, irregularity, asymmetry, and interesting textures; medieval ruins in a natural landscape were thought to be picturesque. John Nash produced some of the most exemplary works embodying the concept. See also folly.
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