brushstroke

noun
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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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, latimes.com, "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 The performers operate like brushstrokes on an impressionist canvas. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "SITI Company and Ann Hamilton set sail for Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'," 30 Apr. 2018 They're also covered in loose brushstrokes (courtesy of painters Caitlin Macbride and Gabriella Picone), which unite the two worlds—furniture and flesh—in a palette of lake, grass, chalk, and mustard. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Katie Stout’s “Girl Lamps” Come to Life in a New Collaboration with the Fashion Label Phelan," 7 Dec. 2018 The intimacy and vividness of her work, the delicate, fine brushstrokes, recall Delacroix, but the cheeky, unapologetic, and at times challenging attitude of her heroines evokes a model in a pinup magazine. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Lisa Yuskavage’s Art Continues to Defy Characterization," 6 Nov. 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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brushstroke

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brushstroke

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

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