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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Recent Examples on the Web The artist would first block the position of the flower with a monochrome underpainting and then flesh out the details by applying semi-transparent paints such as glazes for the shadows. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 June 2022 There is also evidence of some white underpainting, possibly in cadmium, in the lower part of the figure. Alison Cole, CNN, 11 Jan. 2022 Brummel’s exhibition explores technical methods used to learn more about Picasso’s underpainting, including advanced microscopy and spectroscopic imaging. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2021 This technique, known as underpainting, has been a staple of makeup artists for decades. Erica La Sala, Allure, 5 Oct. 2021 Pollock is praised for pouring and dripping, as though inviting randomness, but one senses the significant amount of figural underpainting that exists beneath the surface. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 Under these conditions, one notices what no photograph can capture: The paintings are not flat and lifeless panels of monochrome black, but hover over a deep burgundy underpainting, smoldering like banked fire. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2020 Various underpainting techniques will be introduced. courant.com, 21 Nov. 2019 Various underpainting techniques will be introduced. courant.com, 21 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of underpainting

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Underpainting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpainting. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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