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

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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 The painting is refreshing for its plain-spoken, non-sensational depiction black urban life, for its mood of pleasure and contentment and its fluent, no-fuss brushwork. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Institute of Art alumni show hits the eye like a tall, cool drink on a hot summer day," 4 Aug. 2019 At first glance, these works are entrancing on the surface, but Botticelli’s fluid brushwork and intricate details create new levels of meaning, both allegorical and symbolic, to engage the viewer. Allesandra Pagano, National Geographic, "The painter behind 'Birth of Venus' invented a new kind of art," 24 July 2019 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 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, latimes.com, "Jim DeFrance retrospective at Doyle Arts Pavilion is a dazzler," 24 Feb. 2018

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1755, in the meaning defined above

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