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

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In the video shared by the brand, Maisie sports a variety of next-level makeup looks ranging from shimmery magenta lids to painterly turquoise cat-eyes. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams Wears Neon Makeup for ASOS Magazine," 23 Feb. 2018 Even more painterly were the gazes awash in rainbow pigments and holographic glitter at Halpern and Ashish, brushed on by none other than British makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, naturally. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 The windows refract and disperse light in a painterly way that reminds me of the Impressionist works my father collected. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Jeannette Whitson on Creating a New House With Timeless Appeal," 15 May 2013 The gown’s subtly sequined plunging bodice was offset by its layered gossamer sleeves, and the diaphanous silk chiffon was the perfect ground for Saab’s painterly print of spring blooms. Roberta Gorin-paracka, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Floral Elie Saab Gown at Art of Elysium's "Heaven" Gala," 6 Jan. 2019 Vital, innovative and lying in obscurity for too long, these life-size biblical portraits display a painterly frankness that seems to be calling modern art into being centuries ahead of its time. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Jacob and His Twelve Sons’: Zurbarán’s Biblical All-Stars," 14 Mar. 2018 Whether worn as a painterly wash all-over or dusted along the lower lashline, eye shadow tints are having a moment. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "13 Eye Tints and Cream Shadows That Give Your Lids a Dreamy Wash of Color," 25 Sep. 2018 The piece featured a futuristic take on florals with the painterly motif being reworked on a metallic base. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora’s Post-VMAs Look Is a Slip Dress and Sneakers," 22 Aug. 2018 Since then, Yuskavage has built a body of similarly provocative work, drawing on classical European painterly techniques of portraiture to subvert and recast ideas about the female form. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Lisa Yuskavage’s Art Continues to Defy Characterization," 6 Nov. 2018

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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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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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