oil painting


Definition of oil painting

1a : the act or art of painting in oil colors
b : a picture painted in oils
2 : painting that uses pigments originally ground in oil

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Examples of oil painting in a Sentence

He studied oil painting in college. A large oil painting hangs above the mantel.
Recent Examples on the Web His oil painting included a man with a machete and two eagles devouring a rattlesnake, a symbol in Peru’s Inca and Mexican Aztec culture. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 In addition, all those who support Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford with a donation of any amount will be entered to win Emery’s original oil painting, A New Day, or its $450 value toward any available piece in her online gallery. courant.com, 18 June 2021 The look of the V84 is unlikely to appeal to a lot of Mac users as it’s no oil painting. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 13 June 2021 My memory of this traumatizing event is as vivid as a Renoir oil painting. Forbes, 14 June 2021 Paintings: by a friend’s mother (above bed), Victorian oil painting (at right). Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, 10 June 2021 In an old oil painting, a teenage Arlene Davis is seen smiling under a giant pile of bright red hair. Elle Reeve, Samantha Guff And Lacey Russell, CNN, 28 May 2021 One—a small oil painting on a wood panel depicting the profile of an old man in a hat and cloak—made its way to South Africa in the late 1950s. Quartz, 22 May 2021 Currently, Elemental, an original 24″ by 12″ oil painting, is the subject of an online auction, which runs through June 1 at 8 p.m. Steve Smith, courant.com, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of oil painting

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of oil painting was in 1699

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17 Jul 2021

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“Oil painting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20painting. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oil painting

: the art of painting with oil paints
: a picture that is painted with oil paints

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