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 In one room, an oil painting of a soiled white shirt captures intimate details about what a person experiences when a car bomb rips an ordinary day apart. Mustafa Salim, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2022 The bathroom features a pair of vintage iron bowls, an 18th-century milking stool, and a midcentury cubist oil painting by H. Hillman. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, 31 Aug. 2022 The one on the left a detailed oil painting of the royal raccoon king. Rachel Metz, CNN, 30 June 2022 Unusually, the artwork is not a fresco, but rather an oil painting on plaster. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 Her first oil painting depicted two small girls, one crying and one laughing. New York Times, 28 June 2022 The Duke and Duchess visited Cambridge on Thursday to see the 210 centimeter by 110 centimeter oil painting, crafted by British artist Jamie Coreth. CNN, 23 June 2022 Schuler’s art pieces — whether an oil painting, a gold leaf placed on a rough surface or a clay sculpture — each have a recurring theme: a silhouette of a feminine figure with a structured bodice and an untamed petticoat. Zareen Syed, Chicago Tribune, 12 July 2022 The oil painting, titled Diana, Princess of Wales, was completed by artist Nelson Shanks in 1994 — three years before Diana's tragic death in Paris — and will be featured in Philip Mould & Company's gallery in the British capital until July 6. Breanna Bell, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of oil painting

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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27 Sep 2022

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“Oil painting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20painting. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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