painterly

adjective
paint·​er·​ly | \ ˈpān-tər-lē How to pronounce painterly (audio) \

Definition of painterly

1 : of, relating to, or typical of a painter : artistic painterly attention to detail
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

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Other Words from painterly

painterliness noun

Examples of painterly in a Sentence

He has a painterly eye. a painterly picture of the sea
Recent Examples on the Web Some numerals are carefully stenciled while others mimic his painterly drips. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 The film’s whole aesthetic, in fact, is clean and precise, returning our attention to the unsaid and the unseen rather than seducing us with the painterly drama of the original. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 27 Aug. 2021 Lichtenstein got rid of the painterly patina that had been almost a sine qua non of avant-garde art since the Abstract Expressionists of the late nineteen-forties. The New Yorker, 21 July 2021 At Gaultier, the painterly prints were too dynamic to remain relegated to fabric alone. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 16 July 2021 Formal painterly education for men, meanwhile, revolved around the anatomy of the nude—in particular, nude women. Jessi Jezewska Stevens, The New Yorker, 8 May 2021 Within these painterly images, conversations and action unfold. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 Mar. 2021 Within these painterly images, conversations and action unfold. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 Mar. 2021 Within these painterly images, conversations and action unfold. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of painterly

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of painterly was circa 1586

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9 Oct 2021

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“Painterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/painterly. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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painterly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of painterly

: typical of painters
: suggesting a painting : made in a way that reminds you of a painting

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