Definition of painterly in English:


Line breaks: paint|er¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪntəli


  • 1Of or appropriate to a painter; artistic: she has a painterly eye
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    • Foss here presents us with a summa of the painterly realist effort in her gentle abstracting of landscape form and color that goes for the soul.
    • Fresh painterly qualities enhance McFarlin's power to situate us in ‘Netherworlds.’
    • Cleary is not a painterly artist; indeed, she goes to great effort to conceal her method of execution.
  • 1.1(Of a painting or its style) characterized by qualities of colour, stroke, and texture rather than of line: Botticelli is a linear painter, whilst Rembrandt’s work would be considered painterly
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    • I believe he used ‘dots’ to create the image rather than traditional painterly styles.
    • In the 1930s, Heliker made landscapes in a Cezannesque painterly style.
    • The following year Krasner abruptly changed direction, returning to a sensuous painterly style in which human, animal, and plant forms play prominent roles.



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  • In the plaster couple the painterliness of facture is accentuated by applied highlights of color, while in the bronzes the verdant patina emphasizes the work's mass over its flickering surface.
  • These are works that celebrate paint and painterliness, with abstract expressionist style.
  • This encouraged a dramatic painterliness in many artists - such as Delacroix and Turner - and made it into a precursor of modernism in this as in many other aspects.

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