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

Examples of brushwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That analysis revealed the details of the original brushwork used to create the flower's 3D illusion, which is no longer visible to the naked eye. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 June 2022 Painted on burgundy velvet, the texture adds a depth to the painting’s seeming rough brushwork. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Nearly 150 years after Monet put down his brush, the brilliance of his 1877 construction of the scene with broken brushwork of violets, blues, pinks, grays, whites, yellows and blacks continues to glue eyeballs. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 His brushwork in the 1950s was often thick and luscious. Steven Litt, cleveland, 10 Apr. 2022 That freedom really let her experiment with her brushwork and her approach. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2022 Or Eugène Delacroix, who wrestled color with brushwork like Jacob wrestling with the angel in Genesis. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 Where the Impressionists used thick, visible brushwork to provide a sense of change and motion, Quayola merely simulates their paintings’ depth, texture and spontaneity. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 The system analyzes tiny sections of paintings, some as small as half a millimeter, for telltale differences in brushwork, reports Benjamin Sutton for the Art Newspaper. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brushwork

1755, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2022

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“Brushwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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