oil painting


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

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 Her museum-worthy silhouette featured a bold brushstroke-like texture, giving the impression of a three-dimensional oil painting. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 An oil painting by Frida Kahlo sold for $34.9 million at Sotheby’s in November 2021, setting an auction benchmark for the most expensive artwork by a Latin American artist. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 3 May 2024 His oil painting depicts a half-nude woman carrying a French flag in one hand and a musket with a bayonet in the other. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2024 His full-color oil paintings have previously been exhibited around the country, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at the Houston Public Library. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 2 May 2024 The 41-year-old rapper wore a golden yellow Marni minidress that resembled an oil painting and was adorned with 3-D multi-colored flowers. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 As opposed to its neighboring historic hotels’ use of wallpapers and oil paintings in ornate frames, the 360-room property chose to outfit its guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and a muted color palette. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2024 The exhibit consists of more than 70 pieces in a variety of mediums including drawings, 3D art and oil paintings. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 7 Apr. 2024 The Inspiration Behind the Canvas The genesis of Nice Art Gallery finds its roots in a profound love for art and a reverence for the timeless allure of oil paintings. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Oil painting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20painting. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

oil painting

: a painting done with oil paints

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