Definition of painterly
2 : suggestive or characteristic of a painting or of the art of painting painterly photography; especially : marked by an openness of form which is not linear and in which sharp outlines are lacking painterly brushwork
Examples of painterly in a Sentence
He has a painterly eye.
a painterly picture of the sea
Recent Examples of painterly from the Web
Couture week is in full swing in Paris, and with it a bounty of heart-stopping hair and makeup moments: otherworldly foiled lips at Maison Margiela; baby's breath flower crowns at Rodarte; painterly rainbow eyelids at Chanel.
Illuminated by discreet, painterly touches of electronics — Taborn also plays the Farfisa organ and synthesizer — the music reflects an imaginative quilt of influences: minimalism, African rhythms, punk and kraut rock, among others.
Compared with that jumble, the lamb loin is almost minimalist, a painterly presentation with the lamb framed by strokes of red-wine lamb sauce and herbes de provence pudding, along with a scattering of baby turnip and fava beans.
The crisp images of blue birds, turtles, and landscapes are translated into painterly portraits when wrapped on unframed canvas.
Give it a little more dimension, a more painterly approach.
The artist, who was born in Baton Rouge, La., and taught art in Chicago from 1965 to 2005, designed a decorative cycle with motifs ranging from modernist geometry to Egyptian hieroglyphs, from painterly naturalism to West African masks.
Then, from behind Santa Maria della Salute, the bow of a mega-cruise ship pierced the painterly scene and slowly cast its enormous shadow over the lagoon.
Sorrentino shoots this scene as a striking, painterly tableau through marble corridors.
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First Known Use of painterly
PAINTERLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of painterly for English Language Learners
: typical of painters
: suggesting a painting : made in a way that reminds you of a painting
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