brushwork

noun
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 Many of her paintings include circular elements that echo the shape of the planet while colors and swirling brushwork invoke the rhythmic motion of the sea. Jeannie Denholm, Orange County Register, "Artistic Vision: Layered meaning in Ann Phong’s images," 18 Dec. 2019 Proprietors of bars, restaurants, and boutique hotels, attorneys, and other small business owners who appreciate the detail in his brushwork and gilding often seek his services, with their sights on adding an elegant custom mark to their brands. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "This Brooklyn Artist Is Bringing Back Ancient Sign-Painting Techniques," 9 Dec. 2019 Through modulations in brushwork, the audience observes the artist in the act of painting. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A Getty show rummages around in Edouard Manet’s private shadows," 22 Oct. 2019 Tufano leads several classes, among them a brushwork series for elementary school students, hand prints early childhood and wine and paint nights for adults. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Be sure to visit ‘Belief Becomes’ art exhibit at Community House," 2 Oct. 2019 Her free brushwork was particularly inspired by place and by the variations of color and light in the natural world. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Mary Abbott, Abstract Expressionist, Is Dead at 98," 1 Oct. 2019 The other artists are David Bell and Karen Silve, who make exuberant abstractions, and Leslie Nolan, whose brushwork is equally free but figurative. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artechouse’s ‘Infinite Space’ has waves of natural influences," 9 Aug. 2019 That sort of brushwork is especially effective in depicting atmospheric effects at sunset. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Artist Jane Knighton simply shows the world as she sees it at Ellicott City gallery," 15 Aug. 2019 The art also nods to Davis’s smooth watercolor brushwork. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "The story behind the fake Mad magazine and TV Guide covers in ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of brushwork

1755, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2019

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“Brushwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brushwork. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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