\ ˈgwäsh How to pronounce gouache (audio) \

Definition of gouache

1 : a method of painting with opaque watercolors
2a : a picture painted by gouache
b : the pigment used in gouache

Examples of gouache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In her lighthearted watercolor, gouache and ink drawings, a menagerie of foxes, hedgehogs, turkeys and other woodland creatures share the canvas with smatterings of flowers and leaves. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: The look of hand-drawn art is hot in decor," 18 Sep. 2019 His artwork, much of it in gouache, a thicker, more opaque form of watercolor, was featured in numerous exhibitions. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Syd Mead, 86, Maker of Future Worlds in ‘Blade Runner’ and More, Dies," 3 Jan. 2020 The end result, according to a blog post by Stanford University’s Cynthia Haven, was a masterful collection of 1,299 gouaches, 340 transparent text overlays and a total of 32,000 words. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The Genre-Bending, Death-Defying Triumph of Charlotte Salomon’s Art," 15 Nov. 2019 Bond’s made a series of gouache paintings of destinations around the U.S., including Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: The look of hand-drawn art is hot in decor," 18 Sep. 2019 More common, though, are expressionist drawing-paintings that combine pencil marks with oil and gouache. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At U-Md. space, “UN/Sustainable” contemplates the environment," 28 June 2019 Also doodling some Bird Town characters for season 2, and doing some large-scale gouache paintings. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Tuca & Bertie’s art director on the show’s indie comic influences," 14 June 2019 Watercolor, gouache, crayon, ink, punched papers, spray adhesive, and thread may appear in a single composition. James Panero, WSJ, "Seeing Her Worldview in a Circle," 1 Sep. 2018 Antique gouaches of erupting Vesuvius glowed against a lilac wall; Victorian taxidermy and pastoral dog paintings kept the men company after guests went home. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Gray Foy, a Master Precisionist Who Presided Over Legendary Salons, Gets a Turn in the Spotlight," 16 Nov. 2018

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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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“Gouache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gouache. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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