un·​der·​paint·​ing | \ ˈən-dər-ˌpān-tiŋ How to pronounce underpainting (audio) \

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

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The tonality is gray, or grisaille, because this is the underpainting, in the old-master technique, that Elizabeth learned at art school. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Painter Elizabeth Colomba Is Giving Art’s Hidden Figures Their Close-Up," 10 Oct. 2018 That photograph became the underpainting for a finished work. David Pagel, latimes.com, "Kim Dingle lets her alter ego loose, and the result is a rip-roaring ride," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of underpainting

1866, in the meaning defined above

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