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 The Lovely Wall offers a selection of cheery temporary wallpaper options including this painterly pattern in a toasty shade of yellow. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "Sunny Removable Wallpaper Patterns for a Fast Summer Room Refresh," 29 June 2020 As the sun set, fish jumped out of the water, casting a painterly blur on the blooming aspen trees’ reflection in the lake, high in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Erin Stone, azcentral, "A traveling ICU nurse finds peace on a fishing line in Arizona's high country," 25 May 2020 There are textured, painterly backgrounds; the sky subtly changes color. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Adventure Time’ meets a metaphyiscal podcast in Netflix’s extraordinary new ’toon," 20 Apr. 2020 In Germany he is treated as a kind of painterly public intellectual—personally diffident and professionally serious, a thoughtful oracle especially as regards the prickly territory of German history. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, "The Master of Unknowing," 25 Apr. 2020 Andrew Dominik) Killing Them Softly is Andrew Dominik’s brutal follow-up to his painterly revisionist Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Underrated Films You Should Revisit," 10 Apr. 2020 Channel your inner Willem de Kooning with this painterly pattern. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Have Custom Wallcovering Backgrounds For Your Zoom Chats," 1 Apr. 2020 Think of films such as Kevin Costner’s Open Range, a painterly tale of cowboys standing up to land barons, or John Maclean’s highly underrated Slow West, a gorgeous and tragicomic subversion of the genre’s alpha male heroism. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Craving Wide Open Spaces? Watch a Western.," 30 Mar. 2020 Rabinovitz lovingly tells this story of friendship, which has also been turned into a documentary and a play by Milwaukee native Eric Simonson, accompanied by painterly illustrations by John Thompson. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 new baseball books worth adding to your lineup while we wait for baseball to come back," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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“Painterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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