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 The oil painting depicts a 13-year-old Tahitian girl named Teha'amana, who Gauguin took as his wife, naked on a bed. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit museum's director on leave amid allegations of toxic culture, racial harassment," 12 July 2020 Artist Ziping Wang took home first place for her oil painting, Staring at Night Sky. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Archway Gallery takes juried art show online amid pandemic," 8 July 2020 The works are lightly abstracted landscapes, along with a few figure studies, rendered in either watercolor or oil paint. James Tarmy, Bloomberg.com, "This Beachfront Mansion Is Primed for a James Bond-Style Escape," 21 May 2020 Kudja would use chalk and oil paints to capture family portraits and pets. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak woman, 92, passed from COVID-19 as family said goodbye on phone," 30 Apr. 2020 The oil paint is laid on thick, like the most scrumptious cake frosting imaginable, in the portrait of the poet Robert Duncan that his life partner, the artist known as Jess, made in 1965. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "Spirits of San Francisco," 10 Mar. 2020 There was a miniature dollhouse kitchen scene displayed on a bookshelf; a huge oil painting consuming the entire wall of a teeny guest bathroom. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Some Small News of No Consequence," 7 Mar. 2020 Sliding a fork through a plate of laphet thoke at Burma Superstar is like dragging your fingertips through a palette of oil paint. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "How Burma Superstar’s quiet founder created a Burmese food empire," 6 Mar. 2020 Although both shows are rich in gossip value, neither is focused on Sargent’s dashing ways with brushes and oil paint. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "John Singer Sargent didn’t just paint the 1 percent. There was another, less-known side to his art.," 6 Mar. 2020

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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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16 Jul 2020

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“Oil painting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20painting. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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