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

Examples of gouache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The following day, Doja unveiled a second cover — this time of a gouache watercolor painting of two arachnids. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2023 In her illustrations, Ms. Schwartz favored gouache, a form of watercolor, and pen and ink. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2023 The collection grew out of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs' friendships with the artists in question - its starting point was a gouache by Magritte, Eloge de la dialectique ($2.5 million - $4.5 million), which was given to Rosalind Gersten Jacobs by William and Noma Copley. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The look was based on the comic book covers of her run, which have this beautiful painterly sort of gouache watercolor look and a very specific palette. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 6 June 2023 McCall reveled in a type of realistic authenticity — rendered through gouache on paper — inspired by editorial and advertorial illustration of the 1930s and ’40s. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 9 May 2023 Kabyle, Berber, Muslim, and Arab, exhibited her gouaches and clay sculptures at the Parisian gallery of the art dealer Aimé Maeght. Alice Kaplan, The New York Review of Books, 20 Apr. 2023 The original artwork, created by Andrew Jamieson, was hand-painted in watercolor and gouache. Town & Country, 5 Apr. 2023 The final room includes a large-scale panoramic gouache for the Vision of Spain, the monumental site-specific mural painted by Sorolla for the Hispanic Society between 1912 and 1919. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gouache was in 1882

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“Gouache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gouache. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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