ges·​tur·​al | \ ˈjes-chə-rəl , 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

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gesturally \ ˈjes-​chə-​rə-​lē , ˈjesh-​ \ adverb

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Even her most abstract works lack the expansive gestural character of Abstract Expressionism and never completely disconnect from representation. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Hedda Sterne: Printed Variations’ Review: Elevating the Everyday," 18 Aug. 2018 Elise Ansel reinterprets works by Old Masters, breaking their stories open into passages of pure, gestural color. Cate Mcquaid,, "‘Pushing Painting’ presents the medium’s possibilities," 20 June 2018 If the gestural mark making suggests an open and exploratory quality, the paint itself has a weighty nature. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018 Only two Bournonville excerpts shone with a singularity that revealed the personable warmth and gestural ease long associated with the company’s dancers. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Mixed Bill With Varied Results," 22 June 2018 The first semiofficial gestural fan language was written by a Spanish man known simply as Fenella. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Why It’s Time to Revisit the Handheld Fan—And Its Secret Language," 24 Apr. 2018 The work is a massive embodiment of roiling gestural energy. Julia Couzens, sacbee, "A witty and deep showcase of Jewish artists' contributions to California art history | The Sacramento Bee," 6 Apr. 2018 Her paintings explore bizarre, dreamlike scenarios in bold colors and dramatic, forceful and gestural brushstrokes. Steven Litt,, "Cleveland Museum of Art announces details of Dana Schutz show at Transformer Station (photos)," 9 Jan. 2018 The pose and the placement of the hands expresses a gestural sense of the subject’s self that flows right into the dress: Michelle Obama is a wearer of clothes and an owner of arms and a woman who looks right at you, this painting says. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "The new Obama portraits are gorgeous alone, but combine strangely.," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gestural

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gestural was in 1613

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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