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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Synonyms for oil painting


canvas (also canvass), oil, painting

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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.

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The stretched canvas, once reserved for the application of oil paints, Sterne took to drawing on with graphite, pastels, and charcoal. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Radical Female Artist (and an Unsung Hero of the Avant-Garde) Gets Another Look in “Hedda Sterne: Structures and Landscapes”," 29 Oct. 2018 The exterior paint Reynolds uses in the mural — in combination with some spray paint — dries a lot quicker than the oil paint he's used to. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Artist behind Ray Bradbury mural in Waukegan hopes his work will inspire kids who don't have access to art," 13 July 2018 Each of the award-winning film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas using the same technique as van Gogh. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 2 July 2018 Adele McKenna of Honeyguts Art & Design uses watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint to create whimsical images of nature and fantastic creatures. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Magic, cocktails, and art made by your neighborhood bartenders," 21 June 2018 His sources are as varied as his modes of rendering and his materials: charcoal, gouache, pastel, gold leaf, oil paint. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Like song sampling as painting: Nathaniel Mary Quinn's puzzle-like portraits of personhood," 6 June 2018 There are portraits of her famous poses (wielding a small knife, rubbing her temples in exasperation) in oil paint, in pop-art style, in collage. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Everybody Loves New York," 31 May 2018 Interestingly, this painting, created at the same time as the burqa paintings, is executed in relatively stiff, impasto oil paint. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Junghwa Hong's burqa portraits: Can an artist reveal the soul if she can't see the face?," 19 May 2018 What is relatively new, however, is his use of diamond dust – a fine glass – over oil paints with resin in his works. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Kris Jenner Called It: Bunnies Are Going To Be Everywhere This Summer," 14 June 2016

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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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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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