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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Traditional oil paint occupies the same plane as spray-paint stenciling. Los Angeles Times, "Love, sex, death and the language of painting: Lari Pittman on his Hammer retrospective," 13 Sep. 2019 This $9 plate isn’t just a nice splash of green to go with all the fiery red Sichuan chile oil painting the rest of the menu. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Tomato pie at Fontaine’s Southern Diner & Bar tops August’s list of 5 things to eat and drink at San Antonio restaurants right now," 19 Aug. 2019 Last spring’s Garden Show, which is an annual show, included work in felt, clay, oil paint, pastels and watercolors. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019 Huanca is standing in a sea of her art, surrounded by deep ocean blues and pops of rusty orange and chartreuse oil paint against a stark white backdrop. Catherine Womack, latimes.com, "With semi-nude models, Donna Huanca brings femme power into a male art world," 28 June 2019 Daniel Alexander Smith, who shares his art via @smithalexanderdaniel on Instagram, works in a variety of mediums, from oil paint to sculpture. Lillian Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "My Instagram: Daniel Alexander Smith," 21 June 2019 An oil painting created by Larissa Barnat, of Burbank, has been selected as Best in Show for the 2019 Juried Community Art Exhibition at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. Daily Southtown Staff, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Local artists take top prizes at MVCC art show," 13 June 2019 His canvases incorporate pencil, colored pencil, carbon transfer and charcoal, along with casein and oil paint. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Augustus Thompson paints life passing by with elegiac mystery," 10 June 2019 Rose, 76, works in oil paint, and Melvin, 77, creates with collage on paintings and sculpture. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "The art of community: Melvin and Rose Smith celebrate Rondo in Weisman exhibit," 7 June 2019

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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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