Definition of impasto
1 : the thick application of a pigment to a canvas or panel in painting; also : the body of pigment so applied
2 : raised decoration on ceramic ware usually of slip or enamel
impastoedplay \im-ˈpa-(ˌ)stōd, -ˈpä-\ adjective
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Her color palette and impasto technique make for deep texture, in some cases with paint an inch thick coming off the canvas.
The famously grotesque impasto of Jane’s makeup (Davis’s own invention) matches her roaring theatrical flamboyance; Blanche, plainspoken and sculpturally stark, is reduced to muddled deceptions in order to elude Jane’s clutches.
Todd Bienvenu paints both oil and acrylic in a faux-naïf style of broad approximate strokes, bright high-contrast colors and heavy impasto.
Some of his creations have the depth of relief sculptures while others look like plasticy impasto paintings.
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Origin and Etymology of impasto
Italian, from impastare
First Known Use: 1784See Words from the same year
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