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 The painting is big, at a scale usually reserved for religious imagery, with the artist’s vigorous brushwork apparent., "Concrete brings clarity to New York City’s opulent Frick Collection," 1 Apr. 2021 Paintings on view are printed with manipulated pages of newspaper stories and classified ads that blend undated images and texts from various historical periods with passages of Abstract Expressionist-style brushwork. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art explores time travel in show organized by artist Laura Owens with area teens," 28 Mar. 2021 Passages of visible brushwork snap into verisimilitude at a calculated distance: about thirteen feet, as measured by me with baby steps. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "When a Museum Feels Like Home," 8 Feb. 2021 Does its brushwork contain some clue to hidden treasure, or a secret code? New York Times, "The Mystery of the Painting Thieves Love," 18 Jan. 2021 In another exhibition, located in the Atrium, Bob Schmitt uses Chinese-style brushwork to create paneled paintings of iconic Minneapolis scenes. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "5 gallery shows to brighten January for Twin Cities art lovers," 14 Jan. 2021 These immaculate rounds are also part of the other essential rivalry in these paintings: between precise geometry and loose, intuitive brushwork. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Perspectives on blending culture and identity," 11 Dec. 2020 After spending time in Paris, Tanner began deploying the sensuous brushwork and ethereal colors of French Impressionism to explore themes of religious devotion as well as domestic tension, particularly around issues of race., "Black artist left for more egalitarian France, and religious paintings show influence of Paris," 24 Nov. 2020 Some of Wong’s most beautiful cards are near-monochrome images whose simple but expressive brushwork and broad expanses of negative space mirrored a number of attributes of contemporary modernism. Karen Fang, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Tyrus Wong’s Christmas Cards Captivated the American Public," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of brushwork

1755, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Brushwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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