underpainting

noun un·der·paint·ing \ ˈən-dər-ˌpān-tiŋ \

Definition of underpainting

:preliminary painting; especially :such painting done on a canvas or panel and covered completely or partially by the final layers of paint

First Known Use of underpainting

1866


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