ges·​tur·​al | \ ˈjes-chə-rəl How to pronounce gestural (audio) , ˈjesh- \

Definition of gestural

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of gestures
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by vigorous application of paint and expressive brushwork gestural expressionism

Other Words from gestural

gesturally \ ˈjes-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce gestural (audio) , ˈjesh-​ \ adverb

Examples of gestural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Dutch-American artist de Kooning used vivid hues of yellow, turquoise and crimson and a distinctive, gestural brush stroke. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2022 The large-scale The Three Graces, a new painting by Cristina BanBan, passionately weds European figuration with gestural brushstrokes, varying in texture to create depth. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 19 May 2022 After marrying the Russian ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova in 1918, Picasso began making neoclassical paintings that placed a premium on gestural expressiveness, having elegant women pose for him in chalky drapery. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 27 May 2022 Around the corner, at Château Shatto (FR1), the gestural abstract paintings of Emma McIntyre are striking in their confidence, color choices and brushwork if not yet original enough. New York Times, 19 May 2022 The allegro has gestural spans that collapse if not sustained, and these were carried over the entire work. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 Orlando, the show also features large-scale paintings that Robb often used his hands to paint in gestural motion and flow. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 12 May 2022 The paintings and sculptures, with their gestural strokes and sleek geometry, respectively, have the look of more straightforward modernist works. Christina Catherine Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 By 1962-63, Hesse was making gestural drawings and collages with pencils and crayons that evoke a sense of joy over her rising power to express emotion through abstract forms. Steven Litt, cleveland, 3 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gestural

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gestural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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