brush·​work | \ ˈbrəsh-ˌwərk How to pronounce brushwork (audio) \

Definition of brushwork

: work done with a brush (as in painting) especially : the characteristic work of an artist using a brush

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The underrecognized painter captured the harshness and beauty of Spain’s life, landscapes and explosive light in fast brushwork and stunning effects. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light’ Review: A Glowing Love of Place," 26 Mar. 2019 Lynette Yiadom-Boakye contributes half a dozen fictional portraits with, as usual, psychological acuity but overly hasty brushwork. Jason Farago, New York Times, "At the Berlin Biennale, the Art of Saying ‘No’," 12 June 2018 Here and elsewhere, gaps in the figures’ skin reveal bits of Abstract Expressionist brushwork or Pollock-like tangles of line, which may categorically be the show’s worst idea. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 11 July 2018 In a swirl of nimble, pale brushwork, the artist conjures up a figure from behind, gazing in the mirror, confecting herself. Cate Mcquaid,, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018 It could be interpreted as an ode to the season with its energetic brushwork and springtime palette of pink, sage, aqua and gold. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Peace, love and a ’70s vibe rock a Berkeley home," 1 June 2018 Yet just as much as in the darker pictures, a majority of these biblical portraits display an exactitude of characterization that belies the frisky, open brushwork Zurbarán favored. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Jacob and His Twelve Sons’: Zurbarán’s Biblical All-Stars," 14 Mar. 2018 According to the show’s small catalogue, some are inspired by Japanese Zen brushwork (one is named for the gate of a Shinto shrine), while others are tagged for birds and for monumental, prehistoric stone monoliths. Christopher Knight,, "Jim DeFrance retrospective at Doyle Arts Pavilion is a dazzler," 24 Feb. 2018 Dark principal strokes overlay sensitive passages of mauve and light blue, and while Lee favored far blotchier brushwork than in classical Korean painting, the vista is one that Jeong Seon would quickly recognize. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Review: When a Landscape (and Memory) Is All You Have," 8 Feb. 2018

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1755, in the meaning defined above

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