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
The crisp images of blue birds, turtles, and landscapes are translated into painterly portraits when wrapped on unframed canvas.
Greenaway is what’s called a painterly filmmaker, and all his movies are full of bizarre, anachronistic sets drenched with gorgeous color.
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First Known Use of painterly
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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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