brush·​stroke | \ ˈbrəsh-ˌstrōk How to pronounce brushstroke (audio) \

Definition of brushstroke

: the configuration given to paint by contact with the bristles of a brush also : the paint left on a surface by a single application of a brush or palette knife often used figuratively to describe the quality especially of a narrative or description a story told in broad brushstrokes

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Mixografia is a printmaking technique that allows the viewer to see brushstrokes. Richard Chang,, "New Laguna Art Museum exhibits include John Baldessari lithographs, Gwyn Murrill’s animal sculptures and prints by Mexican American artists," 20 June 2019 The work is mainly composed of loose brushstrokes that represent nature within a large open park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Artist Roman de Salvo branches out at Timken Museum of Art," 23 June 2019 The American abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell rose to prominence during the second half of the 20th century; she was known for her large-scale canvas works, an outpouring of exuberant brushstrokes and blazing color. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "The Charming Letters of One of America’s Painting Legends," 3 May 2019 Since 1961, a painting of wisteria by French impressionist Claude Monet has hung in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, harboring a secret beneath its swirling brushstrokes. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Hidden Water Lily Found Beneath Monet Painting," 5 June 2019 Think rich pigments, evocative brushstrokes, and a whimsical elegance. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Interior Designers Predict the Next Major Wallpaper Trends," 12 Mar. 2019 The five lithographs were abstract depictions of famous literary figures, including Shakespeare, done in vibrant brushstrokes. Daniel Miller,, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 Try Cascade, an abstracted interpretation flowers bending in the wind, rendered in fluid brushstrokes of navy (Deep Blue), marigold (Sunbeam), or taupe (Clay). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Floral Wallpaper for People Who Hate Florals," 19 Mar. 2019 Over the phone, the male associate was kind and knowledgeable, chitchatting with me about the collection and its memorable brushstroke motifs, assuring me that my purchase was not only chic, but a wise investment. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Shopping While Black: Why I’m No Longer Afraid to Call Time on Racial Profiling," 29 Aug. 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brushstroke

: the paint left on a painting by a movement of the artist's brush

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