\ˈgwäsh \

Definition of gouache 

1 : a method of painting with opaque watercolors

2a : a picture painted by gouache

b : the pigment used in gouache

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Later gouaches tend toward the symbolic rather than the factual, with fewer specifics of time and place and crime. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "Human desire and exploitation: Don't miss a powerhouse show at the MCA by Otobong Nkanga," 5 July 2018 The installation of this single-venue exhibition’s 70 paintings and gouaches—including more than 20 works never before shown in a U.S. museum—is superb, with subtly changing wall colors signaling the artist’s different periods. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘René Magritte: The Fifth Season’ Review: Where Day and Night Meet," 11 June 2018 Around them swirls a carnival of riotous color and grotesque creatures, rendered in a dynamic mix of blocky pastel marks and smooth gouache strokes. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 6 June 2018 His more intimate works, such as his chalk-and-gouache Portrait of Prince Octavius (1783) were minor in their time but are charming today. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Benjamin West at PAFA: 'Death is a lightning-spewing zombie on a white horse, spreading terror'," 16 May 2018 His sources are as varied as his modes of rendering and his materials: charcoal, gouache, pastel, gold leaf, oil paint. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Like song sampling as painting: Nathaniel Mary Quinn's puzzle-like portraits of personhood," 6 June 2018 More than 80 of those works—in ink, pastel, watercolor, gouache, and pencil, most of them never seen before—offer a glimpse into the imagery that has inspired Brown for the past two decades. Rachel Corbett, Town & Country, "Cecily Brown's First Solo Museum Exhibition Is Her Most Personal Show To Date," 31 Oct. 2016 Libecap uses watercolor and gouache to create her tiny masterpieces. Julia Sayers, AL.com, "Commission the perfect pet portrait from these Birmingham artists," 27 Mar. 2018 The exhibit, titled The Left Hand is the Dreamer, showcases her foray into gouache, the collection a simultaneous exploration of memory, nostalgia, and the future. Elaina Plott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gloria Vanderbilt Debuts New Collection at 1stdibs," 24 Feb. 2014

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First Known Use of gouache

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gouache

French, from Italian guazzo, literally, puddle, probably from Latin aquatio watering place, from aquari to fetch water, from aqua water — more at island

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